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For more than 2000 years, garlic (Allium sativum) used as a tasty ingredient and has been an integral part of Mediterranean cuisine ever since. But it is not only its scent when roasting and the typical aroma of the dishes that make the garlic worth mentioning, but above all its health-promoting ingredients. In naturopathy, it still has a firm place as a herbal, now relatively well-researched remedy.
The toes are recommended as a home remedy for numerous complaints, for example against hoarseness, preventive and supportive for diseases of the cardiovascular system, against cough, hearing loss and worms.
Scientific studies to substantiate the effect are now available for some areas of application; with others, the experience gained over many centuries applies. In fact, garlic can do a lot for our health and should therefore not fall out of the naturopathic point of view.
Important NOTE: Some people suffer from a garlic allergy. If you are affected, you must not take garlic - also as a preparation - under any circumstances!
A short overview of important facts about the healthy tuber can be found here.
- Ingredients: Among other things, vitamin C, vitamin B6, zinc, manganese, allicin, phytochemicals such as polyphenols and sulfides, antioxidants.
- Effect: Strengthens the immune system, stabilizes the cardiovascular system, has an antibacterial and antioxidative effect, is said to have a positive effect on estrogen levels and stimulate blood circulation, strengthen bones and connective tissue, is to prevent cancer or inhibit the growth of cancer cells, is supposed to work against intestinal parasites and flatulence and normalize the structure of the stool, is said to expand the bronchi and relieve spasms and to combat certain forms of hearing loss, has hypotensive properties and can lower "negative" LDL cholesterol.
- Application: Depending on the indication, it is taken orally (for example in the form of garlic milk or a garlic-lemon mixture) or anal as an enema.
- Important NOTE: The intake should only take place after consultation with a doctor. The duration and type of application should also be discussed in advance, as should the dosage. If there is an intolerance or allergy to garlic, this must not be used.
Garlic is a real power bulb in terms of the content of nutrients and health-promoting substances. The white toes contain, for example, vitamin C, vitamin B6, zinc and manganese, as well as allicin, phytochemicals such as polyphenols and sulfides as well as antioxidants.
Garlic strengthens the immune system and has a stabilizing effect on the cardiovascular system. In addition, some of its ingredients have an antioxidant effect (against oxidative stress, which is to prevent diseases such as Alzheimer's, for example). Garlic is said to strengthen the bones and connective tissue and have a beneficial effect on estrogen levels. It also has antibacterial properties and increases blood circulation.
Thanks to the improved blood circulation, especially in the brain, garlic increases performance and eliminates fatigue. Garlic is said to protect the intestines by, among other things, acting against parasites and bacteria. It is also said to be able to prevent colon cancer or to slow the growth of existing cancer cells.
The reason for this is its extraordinary effectiveness, especially on gut health. The main active ingredient, allicin, has antibacterial properties. Together with the other side-effects it contains, it potentiates in the sulfur-containing, ethereal compounds of garlic oil into a true all-rounder: Garlic detoxifies and calms the intestine, counteracts gas and flatulence and normalizes bowel movements. Incorrect populations of the intestinal flora are compensated for and parasites are expelled.
The digestive glands, like the gallbladder, are stimulated to release more secretions and juices. But also on other organs Allium sativum a beneficial effect. It expands the bronchi and has an antispasmodic effect, improves oxygen utilization, has a positive effect on the heart and circulation, increases the heartbeat volume and can slightly lower blood pressure in the case of high blood pressure (hypertension).
The cardiovascular effect is primarily due to the ability of garlic to measurably lower the cholesterol level in the blood, especially in the LDL (“harmful”) form. Scientific evidence on the cholesterol-lowering effect could already be provided in the 1990s with the help of long-term studies in England and Canada. This observation has long been described in naturopathic writings.
The preventive effect of garlic on the blood vessels was compared under the direction of a cardiologist from Mainz and it was found that the elasticity of the main artery of healthy adults was significantly increased after two years of continuous consumption of a garlic powder preparation. This makes garlic a rejuvenating agent.
In order to achieve the described effects, garlic preparations should be taken in a daily amount of at least 300 milligrams over a longer period of time. Please discuss the best dosage in individual cases with your family doctor.
For worms, intestinal fungus and dysbiosis ("incorrect occupation") of the intestinal flora, it is best to use it as an enema: three cloves of garlic are crushed and briefly boiled in one liter of water. The preparation, cooled to hand warmth, can be introduced with an irrigator (available in the pharmacy).
For internal use against worms and other intestinal parasites, you can also try the following recipe: To do this, crush three cloves of garlic in the evening, which you put in a glass or cup with milk and let stand overnight. The next morning you drink the garlic milk on an empty stomach. It should be taken for at least three weeks.
Another recipe says that garlic can also be added to milk in the morning; then you should let the mixture boil for twenty minutes and sweeten it with honey to taste.
These application examples have not yet been supported by scientific studies, but are based on empirical values and observations.
Disadvantage garlic flag - tips for low-odor preparations
Although garlic is popular with most people due to its delicious taste and broad health benefits, there is a good reason to exercise caution when using it: the typical smell of its ethereal ingredients released by the skin and breath after consumption.
In the case of garlic preparations that are made odorless by chemical changes or heating processes, part of its effectiveness is probably already lost during the interventions.
Boiling with whole milk has a natural odor-suppressing effect, preparation with spinach or as garlic soup with peas or lentils. A “mix” of raw garlic with the juice of unsprayed natural lemons is also described as almost odorless.
A possible recipe, for example, would be to mix thirty toes with five finely chopped lemons, briefly boil the mixture in one liter of water and drink a liqueur glass of it every day.
The best thing to do to discuss whether garlic can help with your symptoms is to talk to your doctor. The type and duration of use and the dosage should also be clarified in advance.
If you have a garlic allergy or intolerance, do not take it! (jvs, kh)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Jeanette Viñals Stein, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch
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