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Garlic: Not Just a Natural Antibiotic

 Garlic: Powerful natural antibiotic &
antioxidant effective in the treatment of
cancer, heart disease and obesity

If the subject of herbal/natural medicine is one of interest to you, then you probably know by now that garlic is often considered to be nature’s most potent antibiotic.

Allicin, a phytochemical formed once garlic is chopped, minced or chewed, has helped those who regularly consume garlic fight bacterial infections and prevent common colds, some viruses and even fungal infections.

Although the antibiotic benefits and medicinal use have been documented for more than 2000 years, recent research suggest that this popular cooking ingredient may be much more than just a great natural antibiotic.

According to The Angiogenesis Foundation, Garlic is one of the most potent anti-angiogenesis foods. This means that chemicals and compounds found in Garlic may help the body inhibit abnormal blood vessels growth; therefore ‘starving’ blood vessel-dependent diseases such as cancer, obesity, macular degeneration and more than 70 other diseases.

In addition, studies have shown evidence supporting the detoxifying properties of garlic; as well as, its antioxidant benefits and important contributions to the immune system. The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle reports that eating a teaspoon of garlic and a half cup of onions per day increases the abundance of enzyme responsible for removing toxins in the blood cells in humans.

Garlic  improves circulation and
prevents calcium deposits
Other clinical studies have concluded that regular consumption of garlic may prevent calcium deposits and decrease arterial plaque in coronary arteries, improving circulation and in some cases preventing unhealthy blood clotting. Furthermore, The Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy indicated that raw garlic extract and garlic supplements may be helpful allies in fighting stomach ulcers.

Dr Herbert Pierson, former director of the United States National Cancer Institutes’ “Designer Foods” program, summarizes his view on garlic’s medicinal benefits by stating that “Garlic is a veritable pharmacopeia. That’s why garlic has been found in every medical book of every culture ever. For thousands of years, garlic had been used for the treatment and prevention of disease. So there has to be something there.”

Some of Garlic’s Health Benefits:

  • Natural Antibiotic, Antiviral and Anti-fungal
  • Promotes Anti-Angiogenesis: May Prevent Cancer
  • Powerful Antioxidant
  • Potent Anti-inflammatory and Expectorant
  • Stimulates Immune System
  • Prevents Heart Disease
  • Regulates Blood Sugar
  • Prevents Complications of Diabetes Mellitus
  • May Lower Cholesterol
  • Reverses High Blood Pressure
  • Promotes Weight Loss
  • Boosts Testosterone in Men
  • Assist in healing of skin problems
  • Natural Anti-parasite
  • Possible Natural Treatment for Asthma
References:
The Angiogenesis Foundation Angio.org

Green Smoothies – Blended Vs. Raw Greens

Get creative blending your favorite fruits and green veggies into a perfect Green Smoothie.

According to Raw Foods For Beginners, consuming blended raw vegetables can be more beneficial than chewing a fresh salad. This website explains that more cell walls are broken down when blending raw vegetables and therefore more nutrients are released to be absorbed by the body.
The following health improvements were reported in a study of  27 individuals taking a quarter of green smoothies every day, for a month:
  • Increase in energy
  • Depression lifted
  • Fewer blood sugar fluctuations
  • More regular bowel movements
  • Dandruff healed
  • Insomnia gone
  • Asthma attacks stopped completely
  • No more PMS symptoms
  • Fingernails stronger
  • Skin cleared up
  • Sex life improved
  • No more desire for coffee
  • Lost 5-10 pounds


Recipe: Quila’s Basic Green Smoothie
Green Smoothie


2C orange juice (or try tangerine juice for a tangy treat)
1C pineapple
1C peaches
1C mangos
1C raspberries (or strawberries or blueberries)
1-2 bananas
2 handfuls of spinach
4 leaves green leaf or romaine lettuce (or red or green chard)

Blend well. Makes 2 quarts. We drink this every day with a few variations here and there with the greens, berries and fruits in season. Also, add a bit of mint for a treat.

Source: “Green Smoothies.” Raw Food For The Beginner Website – 

Select Reading: A Natural Menopause by Jo Dunbar

Soy contains phytoestrogens that relieve
symptoms caused by menopause

In this article titled “A Natural Menopause,” Medical Herbalist Jo Dunbar writes about natural alternatives to modern medicine’s Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) which according to studies “increases the risk of breast cancer by as much as 26%, raises the risk of stroke by 41%, and the risk of heart attack by 29%.”

Dunbar suggests that an alternative answer to the potential risks posed by HRTs lies in the Easter world where Oriental women suffer less menopause symptoms because of their diet composed of foods rich in Phytoestrogens, like Soy Beans (Soy Isoflavones), Black Cohosh and Red Clover.
The author expands on how plants and other foods can help women balance their declining levels of estrogen during Menopause without a dreaded increase in the risk of breast cancer. She explains how some natural foods can help protect against Osteoporosis and Cardiac Disease and recommends, in addition to an exercise program, adding to your diet Liquorice root, diary products, kelp, almonds, figs, black grapes, blueberries, blackberries, hawthorn berries, fenugreek, garlic and olive oil.

Source: “A Natural Medicine” by Jo Dunbar.http://www.allthingshealing.com/Herbology/A-Natural-Menopause/6265

The Pineapple: A Tropical Medicine

Eating or drinking the juice of this sweet, tropical fruit may prove to be more beneficial than we originally thought!
Pineapple: A Tropical Medicine

Pineapples are a great source of antioxidants and provide amazing support to the immune system… meaning less sick days and more years of healthy living to enjoy your children and grandchildren.

More importantly, this “Tropical Medicine” contributes a great deal of protein-digesting enzymes found in a substance called Bromelain. These enzymes are believed to act as a powerful anti inflammatories and cleansers of the Colon.

Bromelain enzymes digest intestine waste helping mitigate digestive disorders, fight inflammation and in some cases reduce cancerous lesions in the Colon.

Their anti inflammatory benefits may also be applied as a complementary natural medicine in the treatment of Arthritis.

Lastly, Pineapples “tune-up” your urinary tract and may prevent urinary infections. Its remarkable diuretic effects make it a great fruit to combat water retention during PMS. Some use it to prevent bloating and even as a healthy boost to their weight-loos diets.
HealthAndNatureShop.com recommends this tasty Pineapple Tea recipe:
Peel a Pineapple, rinse the skin and cook it in boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Let it cool and drink this tea as much as you want. We recommend adding an natural sweetener like stevia, honey or brown sugar