Monday, July 11, 2011

Healing Naturally: The Importance of Garlic for Detoxification

Garlic is an important food with amazing detoxification properties. When my son was sick and I was trying to heal him minced garlic was a staple in our kitchen. Breakfast, lunch and dinner all included minced garlic.

I started with coconut oil and added minced garlic as a base for every dish I made--even scrambled eggs contained finely minced garlic. Fried rice made with garlic and minced onions was my "go to" favorite dish for him. But for even the pickiest eaters, you can mince some garlic up and make a homemade tomato sauce with fresh garlic and use it on their pizza or pasta. Of course, garlic bread is also a favorite for kids. Homemade tacos are another way you can incorporate garlic into kids meals.

The allicin in garlic is has anti-bacterial properties and is thought of as a weak penicillin.Some sources say cooking reduces the antibacterial properties so fresh is better if you really need the antibiotic properties. According to
"allicin is created when GARLIC cloves are cut into or crushed. The cutting or crushing causes two components of GARLIC, allciin and the enzyme allcinase, to interact. "

Other sources say never use raw garlic saying it can damage the digestive tract. But since raw garlic is used in fresh food in many cultures it seems like it would be okay in moderation with the knowledge that it is something not to overdo.

Using garlic as a natural natural agents for heavy metal detox is explained in A Comprehensive Review of Heavy Metal Detoxification and Clinical Pearls from 30 Years of Medical Practice by Deitrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD.

"Garlic has been shown to protect the white and red blood cells from oxidative damage, caused by metals in the blood stream - on their way out – and also has it's own valid detoxification functions. Garlic contains numerous sulphur components, including the most valuable sulph-hydryl groups which oxidize mercury, cadmium and lead and make these metals water soluble. This makes it easy for the organism to excrete these subastances. Garlic also contains alliin whis is enzymatically transformed into allicin, natures most potent antimicrobial agent. Metal toxic patients almost always suffer from secondary infections, which are often responsible for part of the symptoms. Garlic also contains the most important mineral which protects from mercury toxicity, bio active selenium. Most selenium products are poorly absorbable and do not reach those body compartments in need for it. Garlic selenium is the most beneficial natural bioavailable source."

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Cannon and Kassie said...

I have used fresh garlic for an antibiotic with no ill effects. Now we use Kyolic garlic if we want to stave off an infection or sickness and it works great.

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