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Garlic is one of the oldest herbs known to man. From the very first written records kept by the ancient Greeks, "Egyptians and Chinese, to the present day, garlic has been used as a medical herb of great value in the treatment and prevention of infection and disease. Those early Greek physicians such as Dioscorides, Hippocrates and Galen knew nothing about the chemical composition of garlic, but they did learn from experience that it was of great benefit as a simple, yet effective, readily available herbal medicine.
HOW DOES GARLIC WORK?
Garlic is an extremely complex herb which contains many chemical compounds. The most important of these are those which contain natural sulphur. More then thirty of the sulphur compounds have been isolated in garlic and most significant of these are Alliin, Allicin and an enzyme Allinase. Other nutrients such as Selenium, an antioxidant similar in action to Vitamin E, Germanium and Allithamine, a type of vitamin B also contributes to the total effect but it is the sulphur compounds which are the most important.
When garlic is freshly harvested it is virtually odorless, its pungent smell is the result of enzymatic action. A substance in garlic called Alliin is converted by the action of an enzyme, Alliinase, into Alicin. Alliin and Alinase are both present in garlic but enclosed in separate cells. It is only when the garlic corn is cut or bruised that the cells are broken and the two come into contact that a spontaneous action takes place and Allicin is produced.
It is in the form of Allicin that one of the most powerful active principals of garlic works wi thin the body and it is the part which gives rise to the penetrating odor. However it is this that assists the body's natural protective action, particularly in chest congestion. Garlic is especially beneficial to when you suffer from colds and mucous infections and congestions. Garlic is one of the finest natural remedies for coughs and colds.
NOTE: Odorless garlic has the allicin removed, the active ingredient that makes garlic work. To offset the garlic odor, use Chlorophyll Liquid or Chlorophyll Capsules. Your breath will be "kissably sweet" while you get the full benefit of the whole garlic.
History of Garlic
Garlic has been with us since the beginning of time garlic speaks to me. Always has. Always will.
Originating in Asia, 150 species to this date have been found. Sanskrit, the oldest known written language, dating back 5,000 years, mentions garlic. The infamous; "Hanging Gardens of Babylon" reportedly received 395,000 bushels of garlic. So valued was garlic in these ancient times that the builders of the pyramids were paid in garlic as well as fed the cloves daily to sustain their strength and keep disease at bay. Ancient Siberians were allowed to pay their taxes with garlic. (Sounds like a splendid idea to me!)
There are many superstitions which surround garlic. "When Satan stepped out of the Garden of Eden after the fall of man, garlic sprang up from the spot where he placed his left foot, and onion from where his right foot touched the ground." This Mohammedan saying is one of the earliest evidences of garlic lore. In the Middle Ages it was believed that garlic worn around the neck would keep vampires away.
Some 'Old Wives Tales' related to garlic were that if you dreamed of garlic you would discover hidden treasures that would lead to domestic strife and that if you sewed it up in cloth bags and hung it around your neck it would keep disease at bay and rid the body of worms.
For thousands of years garlic has been recognized as a natural "wonder drug." Medical research verifies that garlic may prevent high blood pressure, cholesterol, cancer and heart disease. It contains an odorless constituent called allium, which when crushed, is changed into dozens of sulfur-containing compounds which are responsible for its characteristic odor. Allium is a decongestant, expectorant, antibiotic, antispasmodic and more. It is an antioxidant and has long been used to stimulate the immune system. It can lessen the effects of radiation and chemical pollutants and is an effective germicide, fungicide and intestinal worm killer.
Garlic is loaded with over 200 vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, and the anti-cancer agent selenium.
Garlic (100 capsules)
Garlic Oil Capsules (60 soft gel capsules)