What’s so special about garlic?

What is it about garlic that makes it so good for us. For countless centuries garlic has been listed and quoted as a health promoting agent by generations of healers, herbalists, naturopath and now, even conventional doctors and recommending it!
Garlic is a member of the onion family of vegetables and just like onions it contains powerful oils that give food a characteristic flavour. Its ability to spice meals up probably explains why the onion family has featured so high in traditional diets and recipes foe so long. Studies into the effects of diet on health now confirm that onions and garlic can promote heart health, benefit blood pressure and reduce inflammation, a key feature of so many degenerative diseases. A common report from regular garlic users is its apparent ability to help keep the body free of opportunistic infections such as the common cold. This may be partly due to garlic’s effect on the immune system and partky due to its “cleansing” effect o the respiratory system. Many of the oils in garlic have antimicrobial actions that may keep our lungs and nasal passages free from bugs. Diet also appears to be playing an important role in other degenerative problems. Several reliable medical studies now confirm that following the so-called Mediterranean diet , which includes the liberal use of onions and garlic, reduces the incidence of conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. What’s more, those following such a diet were, on average, 9% less likely to die young according to the study published in the British Medical Journal. So, we return to our initial question; what is it in garlic that makes it so good for us?
To start with, garlic contains many organic compounds that have been the focus of intensive study for many years. However, one compound has always emerged as a key player in garlic’s ability to support circulatory and general health. It is the most biologically active ingredient in garlic and the cause of garlic’s characteristic odour. The twist comes in the fact that this substance is not present in the intact garlic bulb, it is only present when the bulb is crushed and an enzyme is released that converts an inert ingredient found in the garlic bulb into this active substance known as allicin. For those interested the chemistry goes like this; when the garlic bulb is crushed Alliin (the inert, non active substance found in the garlic bulb) is converted by the enzyme alliinase (released during the crushing process) into allicin (the key active compound). Its easy to do this at home, sniff an intact garlic bulb and it is odourless. Crush it and the smell emerges almost immediately, that’s the effect of the enzyme on the alliin. With the identification that allicin is the key agent science soon made the links between heart health and garlic. Spin off research also discovered that the immune system benefits from allicin along with the lining of the digestive tract and bowels.
For those who don’t like garlic or wish to avoid the odour on the breath supplements are the obvious answer but choosing the right one can be a task in itself. Do you opt for garlic oil capsules, freeze dried garlic tablets, odourless preparations or aged garlic, and this is just the start. If you are looking for a simple, easy to take tablet that guarantees the allicin content and is odour free than Garlinase is your product of choice. Its enteric coating protects the ingredients from the acid levels of the stomach ensuring that no odour is detected on the breath. Being made from fresh garlic the alliin and allinase are preserved until the tablet is digested after which the key reaction occurs resulting in allicin being produced and released slowly within the gut. This preparation delivers the key agent and eliminated the odour in one!

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2 responses to “What’s so special about garlic?

  1. wow great info , Garlic is good for cough and cold too

  2. Thanks for your kind words!Yes, garlic is a great remedy for colds and other opportunistic infections. So long as you are not on blood thinners – I would always suggest a daily garlic supplement to all those prone to recurrent upper respiratory infections.Thanks again for your comments,Regards,Marcus

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