We love garlic as a therapeutic food supplement. It has such a broad spectrum of applications, particularly as an antimicrobial.
Garlic and onion have been used in traditional medicine against bacterial, fungal, parasitic, and viral infections. The antibiotic properties of onion were recognized by Louis Pasteur in 1858 (Pasteur, 1868). Scientific studies documenting the antibiotic activity of garlic began to appear early in the 20th century (Reuter, 1996).
The antibiotic activity of allicin from fresh garlic juice can be shown in Petri dish demonstrations. If, for example, filter paper disks containing dilutions of fresh garlic juice are placed on a Petri dish containing an agar-agar growth medium inoculated with the E. coli bacterium, it can be shown that as little as 84 mcg of allicin give a clear inhibition zone. Using the same procedure with many different yeast, allicin is more inhibitory as an antifungal than Nystattin (Arora, 1999).
Of late, we have heard from many of you that many people are dealing with difficult to get rid of common colds—runny nose, excess mucus, congested chest, cough—it is time to give garlic a try.
In a 2001 trial, 146 volunteers were randomized to receive a placebo or an allicin-containing garlic supplement, one capsule daily, over a 12 week period. [That would certainly cover the flu and cold season.] The active-treatment group had significantly fewer colds than the placebo group—24 vs. 65. The placebo group, in contrast, recorded significantly more days challenged virally—366 vs. 111, and significantly longer duration of symptoms—5.01 vs. 1.52. For further reading, see Peter Joslin, Preventing the Common Cold with a Garlic Supplement: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Survey, Advances in Therapy, Vol. 18, No. 4, July/August 2001.
The common cold is the world's most widespread viral infection with the majority of people suffering approximately two to five colds per year. A powerful garlic supplement could be your best friend.
The BioImmersion Therapeutic Foods Organic Garlic supplement contains 4 to 5 cloves of raw freeze-dried cloves per capsule. Each clove is assayed at 20,000 plus ppm alliin—that is extremely potent (high potency garlic starts at 10,000ppm alliin).
We recommend at the start of feeling a cold coming on opening a capsule in water and mixing, let it sit for half a minute and then drinking it. For sore throat, create the same solution and gargle with it before swallowing. That way you are treating the whole mucus membrane from the mouth down. Of course, if you take the capsule with water, then you are treating the stomach and lower bowel and as its absorbed systemically going after the virus. A great addition is to mix the garlic with a probiotic such as the Original or No 7 Systemic Booster.
The Last Quiz Answer:
Cape Buffaloes, what a magnificent beast. Don't you agree? In a Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom special a South African hunter turned conservationist gave some interesting tidbits regard Cape Buffaloes.
1. They have exceptional memories. I have often been approached by buffalo that I have not seen for many years, which are tactile and demand affection.
2. A buffalo has four times the strength of an ox, according to research by Dr. John Conde.
3. The adage an elephant never forgets would be matched by a buffalo never forgives. They have been known to attack people that have harmed them even years after the event.
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