The Amazing Power of Garlic Could Save Your Life

August 10, 2018; by Briana McDonald; By Briana McDonald (UtopiaSilver.com) I’m one of those people who use garlic in almost every single dish. Not only is it flavorful and aromatic, it is chock full of life saving compounds. Why do I say this? Research is showing us it’s not only safe and delicious, but the amazing power of garlic could save your life. The National Library of Medicine contains over 5500 study abstracts on garlic alone (1)! This literature shows us that garlic plays a huge role in preventing and treating over 150 health conditions ranging from cancer to diabetes, infection to plaque buildup in the arteries, DNA damage to mercury poisoning. (2)

It may not give you the best breath, but eating more garlic has a significant impact on our health (the pros definitely outweigh the only con!) Eating more garlic has been shown to help prevent heart disease, stroke, cancer and infections. Even the National Cancer Institute recognizes garlic as one of the vegetables that contains potential anticancer properties.
Garlic and Your Heart 
Consuming garlic helps to:
  • retard progression of arterial plaque (3)
  • decreases brown adipose tissue and increases white adipose tissue around the heart muscle (4)
  • protects against clotting (5)
  • modulates blood lipids
  • reduces blood pressure (6)
  • is a powerful antioxidant
  • decreases vascular inflammation (7)
 Garlic Combats Cancer
Vegetables like garlic and onions have bioactive sulfur compounds which are believed to have effects at each stage of cancer formation and affect an array of biological processes that limit cancer risk. (8) Populations who consumed more garlic and onions had a reduced risk of certain cancers including cancers of the stomach, colon, esophagus, pancreas, and breast. How does it do this? The National Cancer Institute explains that “the protective effects from garlic come from it’s antibacterial properties or from its ability to block the formation of cancer-causing substances, hault the activation of cancer-causing substances, enhance DNA repair, reduce cell proliferation, or induce cell death…”
 
It has been shown that garlic has been found to kill these cancers:

  • Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (9)
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (10)
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma (11)
  • Breast Cancer (12)
  • Cervical Cancer (13)
  • Colon Cancer (14)
 Garlic Kills The Number One Causes of Death for the Poorest Countries 
  1. Methicillin Resistant Staphylococus Aureues (MRSA) (15)
  2. Thrush (Fungal overgrowth in oral cavity) (16)
  3. HIV-1 infection (17)
  4. Viral Infections: Herpes Simplex 1 and 2, Parainfluenza virus type 3, vaccinia virus, vesicular stomatitis virus and human rhinovirus type 2
  5. Group B Streptococcus Infection (18)
  6. Psudomonas Aerigonosima, including drug-resistant strains (19)
Garlic Helps Lower Blood Pressure
A study looked at the effect of garlic extracts as a treatment for people who were already taking medication to treat high blood pressure, but were still having uncontrolled hypertension. Garlic showed to be highly effective and was found that simply taking 4 capsules of aged garlic extract (960mg ) daily for three months caused blood pressure to drop by an average of 10 point!. (20) The study also confirmed the polysulfides in garlic help to open or widen the blood vessels and resulted in blood pressure reduction.
Also as a fun fact, garlic has only 4 calores, .2g of protein, 1 g of carbs and 1g of fiber. It also contains manganese, vitamin c, calcium and selenium — as if it wasn’t good enough already!!
Sources:
  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=garlic
  2. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/how-garlic-can-save-your-life
  3. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/aged-garlic-extract-supplemented-b-vitamins-folic-acid-and-l-arginine-retards-
  4. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/aged-garlic-extract-supplement-associated-increase-brown-adipose-decrease-whit
  5. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/garlic-and-onion-have-antithrombotic-activity
  6. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/aged-garlic-extract-supplemented-b-vitamins-folic-acid-and-l-arginine-retards-
  7. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/garlic-and-onion-attenuates-vascular-inflammation-and-oxidative-stress-fructos
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4366009/
  9. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/garlic-compounds-selectively-kills-childhood-pre-b-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemi
  10. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/garlic-derivative-enhances-chemotherapy-induced-apoptosis-human-myeloid-leukem
  11. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/topical-application-garlic-compound-known-ajoene-reduces-basal-cell-carcinoma-
  12. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/garlic-and-garlic-compounds-have-anti-breast-cancer-properties-may-also-synerg
  13. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/garlic-prevents-methylcholanthrene-induced-carcinogensis-uterine-cervix-mice
  14. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/greenmed/topic/18523/focus/5052/page
  15. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/two-compounds-found-within-garlic-inhibit-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus
  16. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/allicin-extract-and-sodium-bicarbonate-may-be-suitable-drug-alternatives-preve
  17. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/ajoene-component-garlic-suppresses-hiv-1-replication-through-blockade-integrin
  18. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/long-term-symptomatic-group-b-streptococcal-vulvovaginitis-eight-cases-resolve
  19. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/garlic-blocks-catheter-associated-urinary-tract-and-kidney-infections-caused-p
  20. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2059478

Briana McDonald-is a natural health writer and contributor to the Silver Bulletin e-News Magazine (Utopia Silver Supplements). She does free-lance health article writing as well as website and ad design.

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