The Powerful Anti-Cancer Properties of Garlic
Garlic is a very potent plant: You can smell a large patch of wild garlic, or ramsons (Allium ursinum), from many feet away. Extracts from the bulbs are natural antiseptics and are often used in remedies to prevent or conbat colds, flu, and bronchitis, and to reduce nasal congestion. Garlic is also known for its beneficial effects on heart health. Studies show it works bu lowering cholesterol levels in the blood, especially of low-density lipoproteins, or "bad" cholesterol; by slightly lowering blood pressure; and by slowing arterial plaque formation and clots-an effect that seems to be especially marked in women. Overall, garlic may be helpful in the prevention of thrombosis and atherosclerosis (though with any heart condition, herbal remedies should never be taken as a substitute for medical treatment).
Garlic is also coming under the spotlight for its anticancer properties. A diet rich in garlic appears to lower the incidence of stomach, colorectal, breast, and prostate cancers. Finally, this all-around beneficial plant has significant antifungal properties, which make it an excellent external treatment for athlete's foot, ringworm, and other fungal skin diseases
For a Garlic Gargle to combat throat infections
Pour 1 cup ( 200 ml) boiled water over 2 peeled and chopped garlic bulbs. Let steep for 3 hours then strain and gargle.
Garlic Honey and Coughs
Peel and loosely crush 2 heads of garlic, leave exposed to the air for 15 minutes to allow the active ingredient, allicin, to be formed, then crush finely in a mortal and pestle. Mix into a small pot of honey and leave overnight. There may be a little "juice" on the top; stir before using. Take 1 tsp for colds, coughs, and sore throats as needed.
Taking garlic supplements, and eating garlic daily
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