What are your thoughts on garlic supplements – are they beneficial?
Q. Dear Terry, “What are your thoughts on garlic supplements – are they beneficial?” — Sharon K., Green Bay, WI
A. Dear Sharon, Garlic (Allium sativum) is a favorite culinary herb that adds a wonderfully pungent and rich taste to almost every dish that it accompanies. But far beyond that, garlic is extremely beneficial. Garlic reduces high blood pressure, lowers triglyceride levels, fights oxidative stress that damages cells, helps prevent cancer, and has strong anti-viral and anti-fungal properties to keep the immune system strong. In fact, during the First and Second World Wars, garlic was used medicinally and later came to be known as “Russian penicillin.”
One of the major compounds in garlic that is responsible for its amazing abilities is called alliin. This compound reacts with an enzyme in garlic called allinase when the garlic bulb is crushed, and creates allicin. When choosing a garlic product, look for a formula that features a food-grade enteric coating. This will ensure that the active ingredients (alliin and allinase) don’t combine with each other until they reach the small intestines, where they will be better absorbed. Also, look for a supplement that provides the equivalent key compounds found in 4 grams of garlic daily – the amount recommended by the German Commission E. I recommend taking 275 mg of this standardized garlic extract daily.
Terry . . . Naturally