Garlic Dosage

Daily Dose of Garlic: 1800-3600mg

Supplementing with Garlic

Garlic is good for the heart and can boost immunity. Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alincolnt/

We use garlic in everyday cooking but it can also be used medicinally. Consumed by ancient civilizations for thousands of years for its health benefits, many used it as protection against the plague during the Middle Ages and during World War 2 to ward off gangrene. A natural substance called alliin becomes allicin when garlic is crushed or chopped. Allicin is responsible for many of the health benefits of garlic as well as its strong smell. One of its most important benefits supported by science is for treating conditions related to the heart and circulatory system. These conditions include high blood pressure, heart disease, heart attack, high cholesterol, and hardening of the arteries.  It is also a powerful immunity booster because of its high amounts of vitamin C and antioxidants. Other uses of garlic include treatment for an enlarged prostate, diabetes, diarrhea, colds, and the flu, cancer prevention, and for treating and preventing bacterial and fungal infections. Raw garlic is the most beneficial because heat and water destroy the sulfur enzymes, which can diminish its antibiotic effects. A single clove contains 5mg of calcium, 12 mg of potassium, and more than 100 sulfuric compounds. These components make it potent enough to kill bacteria and stop infection.

Contrary to popular belief and ancient practice, garlic does not actually speed up the rate of natural body detox done by the liver and kidney. Some side effects include bloating, bad breath, upset stomach, body odor, and sweating. Large quantities can also cause cuts or wounds on the skin. It may interact with some medications, like blood thinners. It is best to consult a professional before increasing garlic intake of any form. The recommended dosage is 600-1200mg up to three times a day or 2-3 fresh cloves.

Sources:
http://www.livestrong.com/article/244977-the-benefits-of-eating-raw-garlic-cloves/
http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/news/20071015/why-garlic-is-good-for-you
http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/garlic-immunity-boosting-superstar

References

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