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Updated 18 February 2013

Garlic

Many people avoid garlic because of what it does to breath, but garlic can help lower cholesterol - and may have other benefits.

Garlic

Garlic (Allium sativum) isn't only a culinary herb and a vampire deterrent, but has for centuries been used as a herbal remedy.

Traditional uses:

  • Stimulates immune system
  • Reduces skin and chest infections
  • Reduces blood clotting
  • Treats thrush
  • Antibiotic and antidiabetic
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Expectorant (dissolves mucus)

  • Have 3-4g of freshly crushed garlic a day (this amounts to roughly one large clove) to lower cholesterol.
  • Pearls are supplements that contain garlic oil and can be taken to increase resistance to infection. Take 8mg daily.
  • Take four garlic tablets a day for high blood pressure and bronchitis. Make sure that tablets are standardised to contain at least 1.3% allicin.

  • Stop using garlic at least seven days before any surgery.
  • Do not use while breastfeeding.
  • Seek the advice of a medical professional before giving it as a medicine to children under 12.
     

 
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