Ah, the monarch of herbs. Garlic can be used to help support a staggeringly large variety of ills, in virtually every culture, for at least 5,000 years. Believed to be native to central Asia, garlic was dubbed "the stinking rose" by the Romans. A relative of onions, shallots, chives, and leeks, garlic-more specifically, the cloves from garlic bulbs, the underground part of the plant-is a perennial in the herbal hail of fame. Garlic is a member of the lily family.
Potential Health Benefits
Commission E endorses garlic to help support age-related vascular changes and for lowering high cholesterol. Garlic has antibacterial qualities and has traditionally been used to disinfect wounds. Folklore around the world credits garlic for helping to lower high blood pressure, thus providing a measure of protection against heart attacks and strokes.
Garlic is very high in the sulfur compounds also used in commercial high blood pressure medications. Garlic contains compounds that thin the blood and slow clotting. Many studies attribute garlic's health benefits to allicin, which gives the plant its strong "garlic" smell.
A study at the University of California-Irvine found an 11-percent reduction in cholesterol levels among men who took garlic and fish oil supplements; men taking a placebo showed no significant reduction. A 1998 study reported in the Harvard Health Letter found no reduction of fat-soluble lipids in a clinical trial. However, garlic has scored high marks in most of the more than 2,000 studies of the herb done worldwide, and shows a wide range of benefits.
In a 1994 study of women in Iowa, garlic prompted a significant reduction in colon health issues rates. In the book Garlic: The Science and Therapeutic Application of Aiium Sativum and Related Species, editors Heinrich P. Koch, Ph.D., and Larry D. Lawson, Ph.D., reviewed 40 clinical trials, finding that garlic lowered triglycerides, which carry fat in the blood, by a healthy average of 13 percent.
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Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 tea bag for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the pot, cover and let steep for 2-4 minutes. Pour into your cup; add milk and natural sweetener to taste.
Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 5 tea bags into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea itself. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into the serving pitcher straining the tea bags. Add ice and top-up with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.
Do not use in combination with blood-thinning drugs without professional medical advice.
Gastrointestinal disturbance may occur in sensitive people.
Dragon breath, of course, and sometimes indigestion. Generally, garlic is very safe. It has no serious side effects or known adverse reactions with other drugs, although some experts advise limiting garlic intake if you're also taking anticoagulant medications.
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