Herbal Supplements

The Herb and Supplement Index by Interflyer

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Name garlic


Scientific Name Allium sativum

Description A member of the lily family the bulb is unknown in the wild and has evolved under cultivation during the past 5,000 years. For thousands of years garlic has been valued for its therapeutic potential. Egyptian pyramid builders used it for strength and endurance.

Uses In the past 20 years garlic has been the subject of more than 2,500 credible scientific studies. Well documented health benefits include reducing cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood while increasing high density lipoprotiens (good cholesterol), lowering blood pressure, improving circulation and helping to prevent yeast infections, cancers, colds and flu. Garlic has good antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, bloodthinning and immunostimulant properties. At least 9 epidemiological studies show that garlic decreases the incidence of cancer especially cancers of the gatrointestinal tract among those who consume it regulary.


Possible Side Effects Some people develop heartburn, intestinal gas and diarrhea when takinh high doses of garlic. Skin rashes also have been reported.

REMINDER If you have a medical condition such as a heart condition, high blood pressure, palpatations, high blood sugar or other medical conditions talk to your doctor before taking supplements.