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A Note on Garlic

This culinary mainstay also provides a host of health benefits, including improving cholesterol ratios, lowering blood pressure and platelet aggregation, and even reducing the risk of stroke and heart attack. It also has antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, making it especially helpful in combating colds. A simple way to treat a cold is to eat two cloves of raw garlic at the onset of symptoms. Chop or crush the cloves to release the allicin (a sulfur compound with strong antibiotic effects) and put them on a sandwich or mix them in applesauce.

Try Garlic Broth or Garlic Walnut Dip.

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To Moderator44.
In response to my comment on the “5 Veggies You Should Be Eating” you said that the Dr. Weil says that one can take whole garlic. But in this post he again says garlic should be crushed or chopped. So again I will like to ask: can one take garlic whole? Does one swallow or eat it? And if so can you please ask Dr. Weil to explain how one gets the benefits of allicin if the garlic is taken whole and not chopped or crushed?


February 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarkos

Hello Does this help?
Dr. Weil says: Herb Drug: Garlic thins blood, so large amounts should not be taken if using coumadin or other blood-thinning agents. Regular use of garlic should be avoided prior to surgery.
Interaction: Remember: A clove of garlic is one segment of the head (not the entire bulb).
When Buying: Buy fresh, raw garlic. Chopping or mashing garlic releases the herb's full potential as the active component, allicin, forms only on contact with air. Commercial garlic capsules do not preserve the full activity of the fresh bulb and are consequently less effective. To make garlic oil, crush a few cloves into some olive oil. Let the oil sit a few days at room temperature, and then strain. Keep the oil in a container in the refrigerator and warm a bit as needed. If you use powders, tinctures or other commercial garlic products, choose those standardized for allicin content.
Dosage and Warning: Take two cloves of raw garlic at the first sign of a cold. Mash them or chop finely and mix with food, or cut cloves into chunks and swallow them whole like pills (if you don't chew, the garlic won't stay on your breath); two cloves per day for chronic or recurrent yeast infections or low resistance to infection.
Child Dosage: Raw garlic is too strong. Use garlic pills instead. For ear infections, a few drops of warm garlic oil in the ear canal.
You can use garlic as an effective home remedy for colds: when I feel a cold coming on, I chop a few cloves of garlic a day into my food. The idea is to eat raw garlic at the first onset of symptoms. A clove or two a day is recommended for people who suffer from chronic or recurrent infections, frequent yeast infections, or low resistance to colds and flu.

To make raw garlic more palatable, chop it fine, mix it with food, and eat it with a meal - add it last when you're using it in cooking. Or cut a clove into chunks and swallow them whole like pills. If garlic gives you flatulence, eat less. Chewing some fresh parsley after eating garlic also minimizes the odor.

February 18, 2010 | Unregistered

Yes, that helps.

I did not realize that what was meant by taking whole garlic is “cut cloves into chunks and swallow them whole like pills” . I was under the impression that one has to swallow the whole garlic clove just like a big pill! I know people who do that but was not sure about it effectiveness.


February 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarkos

I don't see why you can't swallow the cloves whole (as long as it is small enough so you don't choke). When the clove starts to be broken down in your stomach, the allicin will be released.

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjenn

Dr. says slicing or crushing raw garlic and letting it sit then using it allows for formation of the beneficial nutrients. Does this mean that roasting whole bulbs first and then crushing it for use is of little value?

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarolynn

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