| 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
|Natural Remedies for
Coughing is a reflex reaction that, in most cases, allows the body to clear the respiratory passages from obstructive substances.
The remedy one chooses must target the cause, not the cough! One may recur to a cough suppressant, but if the cause is not targeted one might be exposing ones body to a more serious complication by interrupting the body’s efforts to clear a blockage in your system.
Most of the time, cough is the result of a bacterial (i.e. bronchitis) or viral (i.e. Flu) infection. Persistent coughs, that last longer than a few days, may be the result of an advanced bacterial infection requiring a course of antibiotics. Consult your physician immediately, if this is the case.
Whatever the case may be, I suggest the use of natural expectorants and anti inflammatories instead of cough suppressant.
Ginger, thyme, rosemary, eucalyptus, garlic, oregano and cayenne pepper are commonly used natural expectorants.
Try the following recipe: Honey Tea Infused with herbs- Boil in water for 15 minutes any of spices mentioned above. Add honey and the juice of a lemon. A tablespoon of Vinegar may also be added. Drink this tea while it is warm and as much desired (lots of water is also helpful). All of these ingredients have considerable expectorant effects!
Another remedy for cough is to improvise a humidifier at home by heating up some water. Infuse the warm water with any of these herbs. Inhale the vapors from the water as depicted in this picture:Use a towel to trap and make the most out of the vapors. NOTE: Extreme caution should be used. Vapors may burn your face if too close or too hot. This treatment simulates a typical, conventional nebulization treatment. The vapors help ease the mucus making it easier, for the body to clear the passages.
An alternative to home remedies continuing the natural path is a supplement called Calabash Plus (Totumo). It can be purchased www.healthandnatureshop.com. This is the link to the product: http://www.healthandnatureshop.c…
Clara E. Castaneda
I am not a physician or a licensed medical professional; and I do not intend to replace the virtues and skills of those whom have spent a considerable amount of time studying the science of medicine and the art of healing. This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice. Always consult your physician!