In this issue:
Don't be satisfied with stories, of how things have gone with others ...... Unfold your own myth" Rumi
- Great Garlic.
- Products highlights from the Website - www.maximumwellbeing.com
- Health snippets - From around the world.
- July Deal.
How many of the benefits of Garlic are you aware of?
Its known all over as an amazing plant/herb/medicine etc.
And when you look at the historical uses for Garlic there really seems to be no limit to what you can use this very versatile bulb for.
Garlic has a variety of potent sulphur-containing compounds which are the reason for its characteristic pungent odour. Allicin, the vital compound among them, is known to have great anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-oxidant properties.
To benefit from the allicin you can finely chop, mince or puree the cloves and let sit for a while.
If its grown in good soil Garlic can be a reliable source of selenium. Allicin is probably the most well known component and along with other compounds like ajoene and alliin can have a beneficial effect on the circulatory, digestive and immune systems of our body
As a result garlic can help in lowering blood pressure, assisting detoxification and promoting healing.
Below are some of the many cool reasons you should be eating garlic.
1. Antibacterial and Antiviral
Garlic is most well-known for its antibacterial and antiviral properties. They help control bacterial, viral, fungal, yeast and worm infections. Fresh garlic is thought to play a role in preventing food poisoning by killing bacteria like E. coli, Salmonella enteritidis, etc.
2. To Treat Skin Infections
The chemical ajoene found in garlic may help treat fungal skin infections like ringworm and athlete’s foot.
3. Blood Thinning
The anti-clotting properties of ajoene found in garlic help in preventing the formation of blood clots in the body. The prevention of blood clots and stroke is pretty important for our generally aging population, but of course we also must mention that due to this factor, it may also increase the risk of bleeding after surgery.
4. Lower Blood Pressure
Angiotensin II is a protein that helps our blood vessels contract, thereby increasing the blood pressure. Allicin in garlic blocks the activity of angiotensin II and helps in reducing blood pressure. The polysulphides present in garlic are converted into a gas called hydrogen sulphide by the red blood cells. Hydrogen sulphide dilates our blood vessels and helps control blood pressure.
5. Heart Protection
Garlic protects our heart against cardiovascular problems like heart attacks and atherosclerosis. This cardio-protective property can be attributed to various factors. With age, the arteries tend to lose their ability to stretch. Garlic may help reduce this and may also protect the heart from the damaging effects of free oxygen radicals. The sulphur-containing compounds of garlic also prevent our blood vessels from becoming blocked and slow the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). The anti-clotting properties of ajoene help prevent clots from forming inside the blood vessels.
6. Reduce Cholesterol
Garlic has the ability to moderately lower our blood triglycerides and total cholesterol and reduce arterial plaque formation. A much more user friendly way to modify your cholesterol levels than the very powerful cholesterol modifying drugs that often have horrendous side effects.
7. Combat Allergies
Garlic is known to have anti-inflammatory property. It can help the body fight against allergies. Garlic has been shown to improve allergic airway inflammation (allergic rhinitis). Raw garlic juice may be used to immediately stop the itching due to rashes and bug bites.
8. Remedy For Respiratory Problems
Daily use of garlic might reduce the frequency and number of colds. Its antibacterial properties help in treating throat irritations.
Garlic may also reduce the severity of upper respiratory tract infections. Its benefits in disorders of the lungs like asthma, difficulty of breathing, etc., make it a priceless medicine. Its ability to promote expectoration makes it irreplaceable in chronic bronchitis.
Garlic increases insulin release and regulates blood sugar levels in diabetics.
10. Effective Against Warts and Corns
Applying fat dissolving garlic extracts to corns on the feet and warts on the hands is thought to improve these conditions.
11. Cancer Prevention
Daily intake of garlic has been found to lower risk of most types of cancer. This anti-cancer property is due to allyl sulphides found in garlic. PhIP, a type of heterocyclic amine (HCA), has been associated with increased incidence of breast cancer among women. According to studies, diallyl sulphide found in garlic inhibits the transformation of PhIP into carcinogens.
12. Improve Iron Metabolism
Ferroportin is a protein which helps in iron absorption and release. Diallyl sulphides in garlic increase production of ferroportin and help improve iron metabolism.
Simply putting some crushed garlic clove directly on the affected tooth can help relieve toothaches due to its antibacterial and analgesic properties. But be aware that it can be irritating to the gum. The combination of garlic and clove oil is a very potent combination for toothache.
14. Reduce Weight
Many researchers believe that obesity is a state of long-term, low-grade inflammation. According to recent research, garlic may help to regulate the formation of fat cells in our body. This relates to an inflammatory pathway that that is inhibited by garlic and slows the conversion of cells to fat cells(adipocytes)
So what do you think, isn't it amazing what nature continues to dish up for us. Do you have a favourite way to eat Garlic?
NB:Some of the information in this article was supplied by FoodMatters
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While this isn't JUST garlic - the stabilised Allicin component from what is known as European Bear Garlic packs a real punch.
Research shows that this type of product can potentially deal with a huge variety of nasty bacteria, even those that are strains of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics such as the MRSA.
In producing the Allicin, there is a selection process where garlic bulbs that are too small or are damaged or have begun to sprout are rejected and importantly there is an enzyme(allinase) that must be present at significant levels before it is taken into the next stage - next it is crushed in a special reaction chamber under pressure and carefully filtered. The resultant allicin liquid is analysed to ensure it is up to standard and if OK is frozen and dried (freeze dried).
The potency of this product is directly related to its very high enzyme concentration and activity and I have seen it work wonders.
I have read loads of material over the years about garlic and there has almost been "battles" between leading Garlic supplement manufacturing companies who claim their product is the best. They claim that differing elements of the Garlic are the real "important part", that is the 1 thing they themselves focus on.
Of course we know that the WHOLE plant must be used together to have the most effective product, and this is where the synergy of using the whole plant and if combined then also of other ingredients used in a particular formulation are critical.
One thing is for sure - this Garlic products WORKS!
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"Doc's on Bikes"
This week a family member phoned me to ask what she should take - she had what was termed a "virus" by her Doctor and felt real bad - sensitive nerve ending in her head - it hurt just to touch her hair, temperature, body aches etc.
Some quick testing suggested the PRL Allicidin was the thing for her, so we got on a couple of nice looking motorcycles and did a house call and delivery for her.
"Docs on Bikes" has been created and thankfully the family member who was feeling poorly is now back on track and feeling so much better.
The power of herbal medicine - delivered by "Docs on Bikes" ...... somewhere near you(if you are lucky).
Health snippets(International News)
Hormone dependent cancers are completely reversible - Dr Daryl Turner
To follow from last months snippet about radiation from mammography being something that can increase cancer I attended a talk in the last couple of weeks presented by Dr Daryl Turner.
Great information and an important subject - Iodine.
In my ignorance I have possibly underrated this critical nutrient in recent years, the figures are staggering when we consider the following - over 80% of New Zealanders have a thyroid that operates way below optimum and 98% of us a deficient in iodine! 98%!!. And it doesn't stop with our generation. Low levels of iodine can directly affect our children in dramatic ways.
Back to cancer - And guess what Dr Turner recommends as step 1 in treating cancer - taking sufficient iodine/iodide to completely drench the mitochondria.
Iodine has many very important roles in the body and a couple that relate to cancer are:
1) Detoxifies chemicals
2) Iodine in adequate amounts neutralises carcinogens
In a simple way, iodine is critical for our main surveillance mechanism to identify abnormal cells. In cancer this is one area our body fails miserably.
So what can we do about this nationwide dilemma? Start testing and start supplementing!
I will be talking more about this in the next issue, so stay tuned and if you have any questions in the mean time please contact us.
DEAL of the MONTH: This month we are offering a discount off the PRL Premier Allicidin, simply go to the link below and place your order, we will do the rest.
Hope you are keeping warm and dry.
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Yours in good health
Andy Pentecost, Natural Therapist/Healer and Gary Beck, Naturopath/Healer
Maximum Wellbeing Clinic
(07) 571 1141