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How Do I Choose the Best Garlic Supplement?

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  • Last Modified Date: 14 April 2014
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For thousands of years, garlic has been considered one of the most perfect vegetables. It is used as an ingredient in foods and is believed to have many medicinal properties. Using a garlic supplement can provide many benefits, from boosting your immune system to improving the health of your intestinal track by ridding it of parasites. To choose the best one, the most important factor is to make sure you choose the highest quality garlic you can afford.

Garlic, or Allium sativum, can be used as an antibiotic and was used by soldiers in World War I and World War II to prevent a myriad of illnesses, including gangrene. Researchers have seen great promise when using a garlic supplement to fight cancer and prevent heart disease. Garlic also prevents plaque from building on the walls of the arteries, a condition that can restrict blood flow and could lead to serious heart conditions. Antioxidant-rich garlic literally destroys the free radicals that cause damage to cell membranes and contribute to the aging process.

The most important thing to remember when choosing a garlic supplement is quality. Make sure you select the highest quality — not necessarily the highest-priced — garlic you can afford. Make certain that the supplements have an enteric coating, which ensures that the supplements will not break down until they reach the small intestine. Supplements with this coating are less likely to upset your stomach.

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The least effective bersion is garlic oil, or liquid garlic. During the manufacturer's distilling process, allicin — a very important component of garlic — deteriorates, leaving garlic oil less potent than the other forms. Look for a supplement that contains at least 180 milligrams of allicin.

Garlic supplements come in a capsule, tablet or liquid form. Clinical studies have shown that supplements made from aged garlic are best. The fermentation process causes an increase in sulfur compounds. These compounds are very effective when treating heart disease.

The benefits of consuming raw garlic are numerous, but with the benefits come a pungent odor on your breath. When ingested, it goes through the bloodstream, flowing through every organ and sometimes coming through pores during perspiration. You can, however, use odorless garlic supplements to avoid this problem.

Whether you choose tablet, oil or an aged garlic supplement, be sure to check expiration dates. If the supplement is near expiration or has passed the expiration date, the quality of the product might be compromised. Keep in mind that garlic is a potent medicine, and in certain dosages, it can be comparable to prescription medicine. Check with a physician to make sure that adding these supplements to a daily regimen will not be harmful or interact with any prescribed medications.

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anon944167
Post 4

What do you think about Holland and Barret odourless garlic?

anon290528
Post 3

You can take raw garlic, or this Lasuna brand is also good. You can also find Lasuna online at Internatioanl Drug Mart too.

vogueknit17
Post 2

While I do not know if research has proven it, I have also heard that garlic can be very effective in improving memory, especially when consumed with other vitamins and minerals; for this reason, I have heard that garlic as a supplement was better for memory than garlic fresh, because it is also more concentrated in that form.

Catapult
Post 1

One of the best things about a garlic herbal supplement is that you can have the garlic benefits without the garlic smell. I have known people who regularly ate raw garlic, because it was healthy, and either did not realize or did not care that it gave them a strong garlic smell; honestly, the reek of fresh garlic is a potent one. While I normally encourage people to eat the food rather than taking the supplement, for me garlic is an exception.

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