Antifungals, Foods

Benefits of Garlic

GarlicOne easy step you can take to help fight Candida is to incorporate more Garlic into your diet. It has been proven that Garlic is an antifungal and is very effective against pathogens. Recent research have shown that these properties make it very useful in supporting your immune system, controlling blood sugar levels and reducing your cholesterol.

Garlic supplements are a great way to boost your garlic consumption without having to use it in every meal. Nobody likes to wake up to a garlic smoothie! You can start to add garlic supplements to you diet plan once you have completed the Detox and are at the beginning of the main diet plan. You have probably read elsewhere on this site that it is best to use several antifungals at once to prevent Candida overgrowth. The great thing about garlic is that you can use it as another antifugal in addition to your regular supplementation.


How does Garlic fight a Candida Overgrowth?

Garlic is well know for health giving properties outside of treating Candida and it has been studied extensively. For our purposes, it is the antifungal and in particular, the aqueous garlic extract (AGE) that has been to shown to have a significant inhibiting effect upon pathogens and Candida Albicans. For more information read this study published by the Huntington College of Health here in 1988. “Research has clearly shown that garlic has anti-candida activity, inhibiting both the growth and function of Candida Albicans”

Garlic does not come packing it’s antifunlgal properties, it needs a little  chemistry to get it working for us. The active compound in garlic, that has the antifungal properties, is called ajoene and is formed from another compound allicin and the enzyme allinase. Ajoene is formed when these two elements come into contact with one another through chopping or crushing the garlic for example. Interestingly, even though its antifungal properties are well know the exact mechanics of why this occurs is still not known. Studies into other antifungals that are formed under similar circumstances are thought to have occurred because of disturbances to the cell walls of the compounds.

Without doubt one of the best aspects of fighting candida with Garlic is that it can be incorporated into your diet easily and naturally. During the diet plan, garlic will be one of your best allies for not only treating the candida overgrowth but also giving your food a real boost of flavour. Not everyone is a big fan of garlic (especially the morning breath!) so it is worthwhile noting that there are products on the market that allow you to incorporate garlic into your diet without having to eat it all the time. Look for garlic tablets, softgels and oils in your health food store. Always make sure that these products do not contain alcohol or sugar and are as natural as possible. Remember to take garlic in addition to your antifungal routine. For best results, try to incorporate  3-4 antifungals into your diet and change them every couple of weeks so that the candida cannot build up a tolerance to them.


How to incorporate Garlic.

It is no secret that garlic is good for you and when you come to look for garlic in your supermarket or health food store you will find a wide range of products that prepare garlic in many different ways. Although it’s best you eat fresh garlic for our purposes, you will find garlic paste, crushed garlic, garlic oil, garlic flakes, garlic powder… I have even seen garlic chocolate! (Unfortunately, that one isn’t allowed on the diet!) You will also be able to find garlic in more medicinal applications like tablets and capsules. All of these forms contain different levels of the active the ingredient. Here is a quick run down to give you some idea of the recommended dosage:

  • Garlic cloves: 2 to 4 grams per day of fresh, minced garlic clove
  • Garlic Tablets: 600 to 900 mg daily, freeze-dried garlic standardized to 1.3% allicin or 0.6% allicin
  • Garlic Oil: 0.03 to 0.12 mL three times a day

When taking supplements, always read and follow the manufactures dosage instructions.

Who should not take Garlic?

We have established that garlic has powerful health giving properties but it isn’t suitable for everyone. Garlic in stronger does can interact with medicines in negative ways. Always speak with your health professional before taking garlic.

Garlic can be used to thin the blood which may be beneficial in some circumstances but it is also potential dangerous for people with blood disorders like haemophilia, or people about to undergo surgery. It is advisable not to take garlic close to giving birth for the same reason

Taking garlic can come with many side effects – be aware of; upset stomach, body odour, bad breath, bloating and stinging sensations to exposed skin when handling garlic.

Should you take garlic in supplement form be aware of headaches, muscle aches, dizziness, shortness of breath, fatigue, reduced appetite and skin reactions. If you experience any of these symptoms while taking a supplement contact your health professional before continuing its use.

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