Role of Garlic in health care

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Garlic is used around the world in various forms for centuries. It is used almost in every cooking. It]s usage ranges from garlic bread, pizza/pasta sauce, Indian curry, salad, Middle eastern food, to Mediterranean dishes. We eat it without knowing the medicinal properties of Garlic. It has been used as medicine for ages by natural health practitioners around the world. We list some of the findings by researchers of modern medicine. Eating Garlic in moderation can help reduce many problems we face in modern world. Garlic has unique properties due to its oil content. Garlic has been used by people to enhance the libido for ages. People don’t like to eat raw garlic due to smell and odor it releases. However, using it in your cooking will keep doctors away.
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Garlic (Allium sativum Linn.) has been heavily researched and found to be beneficial in many different areas. It provides protection against heart disease in several ways. In clinical trials, garlic halted progression of arteriosclerotic plaque volume and in some cases even regressed it.[1] It reduced total serum cholesterol and triglycerides, increased HDL, and had antiplatelet activity.[2] Garlic is antihypertensive,[3] anticancer,[4] immuno-modulatory,[5] anti-inflammatory,[6] and antimicrobial.[7] It mitigates thyroxine-induced hyperglycemia [8] and may be helpful in preventing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.[9] . It has anti depression properties. Click here to buy amazing Indus garlic

Scientifc References
1.Koscielny J, Klüßendorf D, Latza R, et al. The antiatherosclerotic effect of Allium sativum. Atherosclerosis 1999;144:237–249.
2. Bordia A, Verma SK, Srivastava KC. Effect of garlic (Allium sativum) on blood lipids, blood sugar, fibrinogen and fibrinolytic activity in patients with coronary artery disease. Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids 1998;58:257–263.
3. Al-Qattan KK, Alnaqeeb MA, Ali M. The antihypertensive effect of garlic (Allium sativum) in the rat two-kidney—one-clip Goldblatt model. J Ethnopharmacol 1999;66:217–222.
4. Thomson M, Ali M. Garlic [Allium sativum]: A review of its potential use as an anti-cancer agent. Curr Cancer Drug Targets 2003;3:67–81.
5. Colic M, Vucevic D, Kilibarda V, et al. Modulatory effects of garlic extracts on proliferation of T-lymphocytes in vitro stimulated with concanavalin A. Phytomedicine 2002;9:117–124.
6. Hodge G, Hodge S, Han P. Allium sativum (garlic) suppresses leukocyte inflammatory cytokine production in vitro: Potential therapeutic use in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. Cytometry 2002;48:209–215.
7. Dikasso D, Lemma H, Urga K, et al. Investigation on the antibacterial properties of garlic (Allium sativum) on pneumonia causing bacteria. Ethiop Med J 2002;40:241–249.
8. Tahiliani P, Kar A. Mitigation of thyroxine-induced hyperglycaemia by two plant extracts. Phytother Res 2003;17:294–296.
9. Chauhan NB, Sandoval J. Amelioration of early cognitive deficits by aged garlic extract in Alzheimer’s transgenic mice. Phytother Res 2007;21:629–640.

Author wish to thank Prof. Hari Sharma, MD, DABP, FCAP, FRCPC, DABHM
The Ohio State University Center for Integrative Medicine; College of Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. for providing the article THE JOURNAL OF ALTERNATIVE AND COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE Volume 13, Number 9, 2007, pp. 1011–1019 © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. DOI: 10.1089/acm.2007.7017-A that forms the basis of this blog.
Author has provided this material for your information. It is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your primary health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with your health care provider. The mention of any product, service, or therapy is not an endorsement by Author.

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