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Garlic Oil

Allium Sativum, commonly known as garlic, belongs to the onion family Alliaceae. Its close relatives include shallots, chives, leeks, and onions. A versatile and widespread plant, garlic has been used for both culinary and medicinal purposes for over 7000 years. Ancient Egyptian pyramid builders were said to have eaten garlic daily to enhance endurance and strength, while in early 18th-century France, crushed garlic in wine was regularly consumed to ward off the plague. During both World Wars I and II, soldiers were given garlic to prevent gangrene. Today, garlic is used to prevent various heart diseases, atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and to boost the immune system. Garlic may also help protect against cancer.

The positive effect of garlic for the cardiovascular and circulatory system has been well documented and proven to lower blood pressure; decrease platelet aggregation; lower serum triglycerides and LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol); increase serum HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and fibrinolysis (process of which the body breaks up blood clots). In addition, garlic helps to stimulate the production of nitric oxide in the lining of blood vessel walls, which help the vessels to relax and expand, allowing for better oxygen and nutrient transportation and decrease the risk of blood clots. 

As a potent antioxidant, garlic has the ability to reduce the amount of free radicals in the bloodstream. Free radicals are groups of atoms that are formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. Once formed, these highly reactive molecules start a chain reaction and can do major damage to DNA and cell membrane. 

Allicin, one of the active compounds within garlic, has long been studied for its medicinal benefits. Many studies found that allicin can help reduce atherosclerosis and fat deposition; normalize the lipoprotein balance; decrease blood pressure; and have anti-thrombotic and anti-inflammatory activities. Recent research also indicate that allicin can help prevent weight gain.

Today, we know garlic is an excellent herb for creating and maintaining overall health, but it also has many lesser known, but equally powerful qualities. This powerhouse ingredient is a natural antibiotic that is effective against toxic bacteria, viruses and fungus. It also works effectively as a cold medication, decongestant and expectorant. It is a good source of vitamins C, B6 and the minerals selenium and manganese, all of which have long been associated with a healthy immune system.