Garlic For Your Health
History of garlic
Garlic has been used as both food and medicine in many cultures for thousands of years, dating at least as far back as the time that the Giza pyramids were built.
Garlic is mentioned in the Bible:
Hippocrates, Galen, Pliny the Elder, and Dioscorides all mention the use of garlic for many conditions, including parasites, respiratory problems, poor digestion, and low energy. Its use in China was first mentioned in A.D. 510.
Natural testosterone boost
Garlic supplementation in rats, along with a high protein diet, has been shown to boost testosterone levels. As men get older we naturally lose our testosterone, but with exercise and a proper diet it's possible to elevate those levels. Garlic maybe one weapon in your diet you may want to help combat the loss of testosterone. Testosterone is very important for muscle,bone mass, fat loss, and a sense of well being. Garlic has also been shown to lower cortisol levels. Cortisol causes the break down of muscles. Cortisol is released by stress, and is thought to contribute to higher obesity levels in today's society. Of course exercise reduces stress so therefore it would stand to reason cortisol can be limited by exercise as well. In rats, loss of collagen from skin, caused by cortisol, is ten times greater than loss from any other issue. The active ingredient responsible for the testosterone boost in garlic is allicin. Garlic supplements are available which may help with the smell of garlic but raw garlic is recommended for it's potential health benefits over supplements. In general the rule of thumb is natural over processed. Eating parsley can help with the smell.
Garlic and onions fight bacteria
Allistatin (or Allistatine) is an antibiotic found naturally in
plants of the Allium group, which includes garlic and onions. It is
recognized as being a strong broad-spectrum fungicide and antibiotic
against numerous serious microorganisms (bacteria, etc). The name "allistatin"
refers to two very similar recognized compounds, allistatin I and II.
In 1858, Louis Pasteur observed garlic's antibacterial activity, and it was used as an antiseptic to prevent gangrene during World War I and World War II. More recently, it has been found from a clinical trial that a mouthwash containing 2.5% fresh garlic shows good antimicrobial activity, although the majority of the participants reported an unpleasant taste and halitosis.
In modern naturopathy, garlic is used as a treatment for intestinal worms
Stick with raw garlic as much as possible for it's health benefits. Cooking garlic reduces it's effectiveness. The older garlic becomes the less effective it becomes. Eat parsley to help reduce garlic breath.
Keep in mind garlic is a blood thinner much like aspirin.
Benefits of Garlic Doctor Mercola talks about the many potential benefits of eating garlic. Garlic has been treasured for its medicinal properties for centuries. In ancient times, Greek and Roman soldiers ate garlic before going off to war, and it was reportedly given to the slaves who built the Egyptian pyramids in order to enhance their strength and endurance.