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Sunday, November 15, 2009

A Pearl Of Garlic To Protect Heart

Posted by Prahallad Panda on 6:04 AM 2 comments

This is one full head of garlic beside another...
Garlic has antioxidant and lipid lowering property which help to lower high blood pressure. Since long it is being used in India. Some ready made capsules containing garlic as an ingredient are available for hypertensive patients. Raw garlic is more beneficial. As a folk remedy garlic boiled in mustard oil is massaged on the foot to alleviate cold. Whether it acts there I do not know, but it feels great to have that massage.
clipped from www.cnn.com
That garlic has health benefits is nothing new. Since at least 1500 BC, healers in China and India have used the odiferous bulb as a blood thinner. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, used it to treat cervical cancer. Louis Pasteur reported on garlic's antibacterial and antifungal powers, which inspired Albert Schweitzer to use it against dysentery in Africa.
But now, a team of researchers from the Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine have learned how freshly crushed garlic -- as opposed to dried or cooked garlic -- protects the heart.
The amount of garlic you need to get the heart-healthy benefits is about a clove a day. According to Herbal Therapy & Supplements, a handy guide by herbalists David Winston and Merrily A. Kuhn, RN, PhD, the best way to use garlic is to mince a clove, let it stand 10 to 15 minutes, then mix it with yogurt, applesauce, honey, or some other carrier agent.

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