A member of the lily
family used a medicinal or culinary herb.
reduces cholesterol and
reduces blood pressure
The enzyme allinase is responsible for
most effects of garlic. Also, has antioxidant,
antitumor properties and anti-inflammatory. It decreases platelet aggregation and
sugar. It produces hypoglycemic properties and gastric secretion
and a motility stimulant.
One fresh garlic/day - 410mg
Solid extract - 4-12 mg allicin daily
Oil - 200-500 mg daily
Tincture - 2-4 ml, 1:5.
Can produce GI disturbances. Body and breath odor, headaches, and
one study reported a spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma
with excessive use.
Contraindications: Surgery due to risk of post-operative
bleeding and hemorrhagic complications during surgery. Individuals
with a slow clotting time should not take therapeutic doses of
garlic. Pregnant/lactating women should not use due to
Has been shown to
reduce total cholesterol by 6-9%.
Has been shown to reduce
systolic BP by 20-30 mm Hg and diastolic
pressure by 10-15 mm Hg.
Because of platelet
aggregation, it may be necessary to monitor coumadin levels and interactions ASA or NSAIDSís.
May take 8-16 weeks to see a decrease in cholesterol levels.
May take 1-6
months to see its hypotensive effects. Use cautiously in diabetics.
Odorless variety is not as effective.