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What is it?
The botanical name of garlic is allium sativum and it
belongs to the Alliaceae or Liliaceae family. It has a
long history through the ages of warding off evil spirits
and infection to expelling worms, improving digestion
and blood circulation.

The effectiveness of garlic may be determined by their
ability to yield allicin, which in turn triggers production
of other active constituents.

When you cut or crush a fresh garlic bulb an amino
acid called alliin comes into contact with the enzyme
allinase in garlic, producing allicin, the compound with
the strong odour.

Fresh garlic contains around 1% alliin therefore 1 mg          Other uses
alliin is converted to 458 mcg allicin. Different              Colorectal, stomach and prostate cancer – studies
preparations such as maceration and freeze-dried               indicate that cultures that have a high dietary intake of
garlic contain various amounts of allicin. Many garlic         garlic have a decreased risk of developing colorectal
supplements are standardised to alliin, or on allicin          and stomach cancer. Dietary intake of garlic daily
yield.                                                         reduces the risk of developing prostate cancer.

Garlic is aged to reduce the odour to only 3% of alliin        Diabetes – garlic is reported to reduce blood sugar
content. S-allyl-L-cysteine is another major sulfur            levels.
constituent in garlic.
                                                               How much to use
Garlic has a strong action on the immune and                   Long term benefits: equivalent 1 clove raw garlic daily
cardiovascular systems and is considered to be
antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral.                       Acute infections: equivalent 2–6 cloves raw garlic daily

Why you may need Garlic                                        Cardiovascular heath: 600–1200 mg 1.3% (alliin
Primary Use                                                    content) garlic powder daily or up to 7.2 g aged garlic
Respiratory tract infections – garlic can reduce the           daily.
symptoms and duration of a cold or flu. It is considered
a ‘warming’ herb to counteract colds and as an
expectorant, making a cough more productive.

High cholesterol – studies reveal that garlic can
decrease total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein
(LDL) cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Hypertension – evidence suggests that garlic can                                                     …..continued over
reduce blood pressure.

                        THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED TO TREAT OR DIAGNOSE. ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR
                          HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL BEFORE TAKING NUTRITIONAL OR HERBAL SUPLIMENTS.
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 Safety notes
 It may taste nice but the after effect can be nasty – the
 common being bad breath and body odour. Some
 people have also reported heartburn, flatulence,
 nausea and diarrhoea. Raw garlic can be a cause of
 these effects, more so than cooked. In addition people
 who don’t regularly consume garlic and have
 gastrointestinal inflammation or ulcers may experience
 more of these side effects.

 Excessive garlic intake can also upset the normal good
 intestinal flora, which can lead to gastrointestinal
 upsets.

 Garlic can thin the blood and lower blood pressure and
 blood glucose. If you have any bleeding disorder, high
 or low blood pressure or diabetes, consult your
 healthcare professional before supplementing with
 garlic. In addition it is best to stop taking garlic two
 weeks prior to surgery.

 Medicinal doses are not recommended during
 pregnancy or while breastfeeding.




                        THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED TO TREAT OR DIAGNOSE. ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR
                          HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL BEFORE TAKING NUTRITIONAL OR HERBAL SUPLIMENTS.

				
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