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The Health Benefits of Garlic and Onions

Scientific studies show that eating garlic on a regular basis, along with other allium vegetables, such as onions, leeks and chives, offers a whole host of extraordinary health benefits.

And besides the garlic benefits, it’s a tasty flavoring. Plus, growing garlic is extremely easy.

Research shows that garlic and onion nutrition helps you to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system with normal blood pressure and cholesterol. Garlic benefits also include a healthy immune system and healthy cell and tissue growth and renewal throughout your body.

Garlic Health Benefits and Medicinal Uses

Garlic was lovingly christened “the stinking rose” by the Romans in the first century. Since then, knowledge of eating garlic for health benefits and medicinal uses has spread around the world.

The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Indians and Chinese used garlic for the treatment of wounds, tumors, fatigue, worms, parasites and infections. And there’s mounting scientific evidence proving the ancients were right about the health medicinal benefits of garlic.
  • Garlic enhances the immune system to help protect you from bacteria, viruses and infections. It also helps remove heavy metals from the body, like lead and mercury.

  • Raw Garlic is a potent, natural antibiotic, which can kill strains of bacteria that have become resistant to modern antibiotics – without the negative side effects.

  • Anti-oxidants in Garlic help prevent certain cancers, especially of the digestive system, can reduce the size of tumors and help prevent them from growing larger.

  • Garlic has also been found to help regulate blood sugar, reduce yeast infections from Candida and is the best source of sulfur, for healthier, less painful joints.

  • And studies show Garlic can lower heart disease and stroke risk by reducing blood pressure, triglycerides, LDL (bad) cholesterol, arterial plaque buildup and blood clots.
Garlic also works well when taken with probiotic foods to help control candida albicans.

Research shows the amount of allicin and allinase in just one clove of fresh garlic supports a healthy cardiovascular system, helps you maintain normal triglyceride levels, reduces blood platelet aggregation and promotes a health digestive tract. The best allium food sources are:
  • garlic
  • onion
  • leeks
  • chives
Allicin is the powerful antibacterial and anti-fungal sulfur compound that gives garlic its odor. In order to get all the great garlic health benefits from a garlic supplement, it must contain both allicin and allinase to be effective. This means that a deodorized garlic supplement is useless.

Buying and Taking Garlic Supplements

Eric Block, a garlic specialist at New York State University in Albany, has found that many commercial garlic preparations are pretty much worthless. “People are just throwing their money down the garlic hole by buying things that aren’t properly made.”

And Larry Lawson, garlic researcher at the Plant Bio-active Research Institute in Orem, Utah, says he has found, “huge variations in the amount of allicin in commercial supplements.”

When purchasing a garlic supplement, look for the following:
  • A whole food foundation,
  • Contains both allicin and allinase,
  • Has enteric coating for maximum stability.
And always remember this. In order to get all of the many great garlic benefits from a garlic supplement, it must contain both allicin and allinase to be effective. You must use "the stinking rose" in all its odiferous glory in order to enjoy the many health benefits of garlic!

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