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Naturopathy

By Paul Morgan
Fuji x10

Garlic, one of natures medicines.

For hundreds of years, garlic has been renowned for its usefulness in treating a whole range of ailments, from impotence to stomach bugs. But recent studies have found that garlic has more serious health benefits for the heart and cancer prevention than folklore could ever have predicted.

Garlic contains two key compounds, a sulphur-rich amino acid called allicin and a protein-based enzyme called allinase. The clove has no smell until you slice or crush it, allowing the compounds to mix and form a third compound, called allicin.

Allicin is a volatile compound that survives for just a few hours. It is a powerful natural antibiotic - about one-fiftieth as powerful as penicillin - and also has anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.

Allicin exists only in raw garlic. Cooking kills it and causes it to decay into other compounds which are less effective.

Garlic also contains about ten different kinds of natural sugars, including fructose, glucose and insulin, as well as relatively high levels of the trace minerals copper, iron, zinc, tin, calcium, manganese, aluminium, germanium and selenium. The level of selenium in garlic is higher than in almost any other plant.

Garlic works inside the body by promoting the ability of white blood cells to fight infections, and by stimulating other immune cells which fight viral and bacterial infections as well as cancer.

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SlowSong Plus
7 6.0k 29 England
6 Jun 2012 3:44PM
Excellent. And a science lesson to go with it.
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Paul Morgan Plus
14 17.9k 6 England
6 Jun 2012 7:35PM
Keeping it simple, thanks Smile
8 Jun 2012 7:45PM
Hmmm, Garlic? Seems its only you and me putting stuff on this forum Paul? Anyone else out there using the X10 that might like to share their photos? Tongue
Paul Morgan Plus
14 17.9k 6 England
9 Jun 2012 5:02PM
Yeh it is a bit quite Sad
Richsr Plus
9 90 220 England
20 Jul 2012 8:38AM
Good details and like the addition to this Paul

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