Garlic, recognized for its healing powers in ancient times, is now being rediscovered by medical scientists, who have new evidence of its potency against cancer and heart disease. Sulfides, which are found in garlic in large amounts, stop the growth of tumors and inhibit carcinogens. According to the National Cancer Institute, garlic lies among the top of the list of foods ingested as a potential weapon against many types of cancer. Whether you eat it raw or cooked, garlic is an important cancer-fighter, says Eric Block, Ph.D., a professor at State University of New York at Albany who has devoted most of his career to researching garlic.
The evidence for garlic's strength against cancer comes from several epidemiological and animal studies. Researchers Dr. Lenore Arab and colleagues from the University of North Carolina analyzed 18 studies looking at garlic eaters. Based on six studies, the findings show that high consumption of raw or cooked garlic decreases the risk of colorectal cancer nearly 50%. Also, based on four studies the risk of developing stomach cancer was cut in half for those who consumed the most garlic.
Not only this, but numerous clinical trials have shown garlic to be good for your heart by lowering total cholesterol and blood pressure. Garlic has the ability to combat plaque formation in the arteries. It's ability to lower serum cholesterol in the blood can in turn reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Garlic lowers total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol (the Bad cholesterol) and triglycerides. Garlic can not only prevent, but also reverse the signs of arteriosclerosis according to a study presented at the 6th Annual Conference on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology in Washington, D.C.
"Garlic is able not only to reduce the buildup of plaque but also to reverse existing plaque." said Joerg Gruenwald, Ph.D., president of Berlin's Phytopharm Consulting, and author of the Physician's Desk Reference for Herbal Medicine. Because of the strength of the results and garlic's history of safety, he said, several principals from the herbal supplements industry would seek a health claim from the Food and Drug Administration. "The FDA should look at our data and give garlic a real health claim in the reduction of risk for coronary heart disease," he said. Dr. Gunter Siegel, director of the department of physiology at Charit University of Medicine in Berlin, found that a low dose of garlic inhibits the formation of nanoplaque, the substance that develops in the earliest stages of arteriosclerotic disease and eventually clogs arterial walls by 15 percent, even when all the factors normally responsible for such blocking are present
"With a higher concentration it goes to 30 percent," Siegel said. In addition, when plaques do develop "they are even smaller" 5 percent smaller at low doses of garlic, with further reduction at higher doses. "So the plaques which are formed are not only less in number but also less in size," he said. In a news conference preceding the convention, experts noted garlic has also shown promise for altering the course of infectious diseases because it can be used as an antibacterial agent or antiviral agent. Garlic has also been shown in some studies to decrease high blood sugar, boost metabolism, inhibit growth and formation of cancer cells, prevent inflammation, and alleviate allergies and asthma.
Garlic is good for virtually any disease or infection. It prevents and heals arthritis, asthma, circulatory problems, colds and flu, digestive disorders, insomnia, liver disease, sinusitis, and ulcers. It has been used since the days of the Egyptians to treat wounds, infections, tumors, and intestinal parasites. Garlic's reputation as a powerful medical herb dates back over 5,000 years. It is a rich source of allin, allicin, chromium, phosphorous, and sulfur containing amino acids. A compound called Diallyl sulfide is found in garlic and is shown to inactivate potent carcinogens in animal studies. Garlic is a natural, potent antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal herb.
A study done at Boston University School of Medicine conducted tests in which garlic proved to be as effective as an antibiotic in killing 14 types of bacteria in reoccurring infections. Not only does garlic reduce cholesterol and help prevent the formation of internal blood clots that trigger heart attacks but it is also a diuretic, a stimulant, an expectorant and a sweat promoter. For centuries, garlic has been a popular remedy for common colds, coughs, and sore throats. Garlic is one of natures most broad spectrumed, antibacterial agents. It counteracts the growth of many forms of bacteria and fungi that cause disease. Allicin, the compound found in fresh garlic that constitutes antibiotic and anti-fungal properties, kills or at least cripples 72 infectious forms of bacteria. It is a surprisingly effective weapon against some of the most dangerous antibiotic - resistant bacteria.
Here's a list of just some of what garlic can do:
1. Garlic is an antibiotic. (contains allicin)
Plant one clove giving space for it to grow, on the shortest day of the year.
Harvest when leaves turn brown. Not before or cloves will not be matured enough.
2. reduces cholesterol
3. strengthens the immune system
4. is an antidote to poison
5. it's used as a preservative
6. an anti-cancer (germanium)
7. retards tumor growth
8. regulates blood pressure
9. loosens plaque from artery walls
10. regulates blood sugar
11. a defense against allergies
12. kills/expels parasites/pinworms etc
13. contains vitamins A-B-C-B2-B6, calcium, zinc and much more
14. reduces the common cold by 50%
15. thins the blood
16. promotes heart health
17. is an antioxident-scavenges free radicals
18. increases bile production
19. lines the blood vessel walls (nitric oxide)
20. prevents arteriosclerosis/stroke/heart attacks
21. best enima, (crush cloves, add water, soak overnight
22. removes warts (raw outer application)
23. promotes weight control
24. promotes respiratory health (bronchitis/asthma/coughs etc
25. cures ear infection (wrap bit of garlic in a tissue, insert in ear. leave overnight
26. heals pain of insect bites (mix juice w/salt, good for bruises/ringworms/sprains
27. stops toothache ( rub raw on gums)
28. clears sinuses (melt butter, add minced garlic on toast
29. cures herpes (cut clove in half, eat half, put the rest on the afflicted area. may sting)
30. apply raw garlic juice on rashes,/ bug bites, will stop itching.
31. cures cough (mix garlic juice w/honey, take 4 times daily
32. cures bolating/cramps constipation (cut clove to small pieces and swallow
33. cures asthma (10 drops of garlic juice w/2 tsp honey
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a federal agency that is supposedly responsible for the protection of the world's health. Garlic is a cultivated herb that has many health advantages, but it can't be marketed if any hints of it's medical purposes exist on the label. An agency that is supposedly so concerned about our Nation's health leaves the population limited to knowledge regarding natural herb's with medical advantages. Despite the fact that garlic has been proven to fight cancer and heart disease, if garlic were to be sold and it's label advertised "Garlic prevents heart disease and cancer" it would be confiscated off the market. Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States averaging about 1.5 million deaths a year. Studies suggest that garlic might help prevent at least 360,000 of them, which averages about 30,000 a month.
For those people who have problems with cancer and heart disease, and go to the medical establishment for help, costly drugs are the prescribed route to go. No wonder people are chemically dependent and going broke. Physicians would rather recommend a drug that helps pay their salary, but doesn't help you a bit. They would rather give you drugs with horrible side effects, instead of offering people a cure. A simple solution such as fresh garlic and a natural healthy diet is what these people need. But the medical establishment can't get rich from that, so they hide the truth from the people who need it most. Natural remedies such as garlic are being ignored, while poisonous over the counter drugs are being promoted by the FDA.
The medical establishment is more concerned with making a buck than promoting what is really healthy, and they fight anyone who tells the truth. Many European countries have widely accepted the use of herbal medicine, but the establishment power centers in our country are shutting out the truth about what we really need. Under the regulations of the FDA, we are being kept ignorant, lied to about natural remedies, and suffering needlessly. Bad habits, bad diet, spiritual ignorance, a lack of the proper exercise, and a lack of information is the main cause for modern diseases.
Yet the treatments for modern diseases offered by the medical establishment don't work. Health care costs have skyrocketed over the years, and in this country billions are spent annually on health care. But often, the "cures" are worse than the diseases. The costs, the hopeless solutions, and negative side effects can be eliminated by the right food, the right lifestyle free of bad habits, the right attitude, and the right kinds of exercise. And one of the most potent cures for the diseases that afflict us is a God given natural one, Garlic. It's time to return to nature and it's ability to heal.