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Garlic and Modern Medicine

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Garlic and Modern Medicine

Garlic has been used for a long time to lower cholesterol and prevent hardening of the arteries.Garlic may also have a beneficial effect on high blood pressure, although the evidence is not as it is for lowering cholesterol.Studies further suggest that garlic may “thin” the blood and prevent blood clots .

Finally, garlic possesses antioxidant properties similar to those of  vitamin E and vitamin C. These potential benefits may enhance the herb’s pawer against atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) by attacking the disease from a different direction.

As mentioned,the most common historical use of garlic was for the treatment and prevention of  infections.However, according to a modern German text of herbs, “the antimicrobial properties of garlic are mainly of historic interest,and have no practical significance for treatment of infectious disease today.

There is no evidence that garlic is an effective antibiotic and antifungal drug when taken internally.However, garlic does appear to fight bacteria and fungi when you apply it directly to the skin.But  you have to be careful using it this way ,as garlic can cause blisters.

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