3. Better than the Most Powerful Antibiotic
Vancomycin is currently the antibiotic drug of last resort because it negatively interacts with dozens of other medications and has numerous negative side effects. (11, 12) The drug kills bacterial infections in the intestines, but it can cure everything. Garlic kills bacteria that even vancomycin can’t. (13)
4. Safe for Gut Bacteria
Part of the problem with antibiotic drugs is that they kill all bacteria, the friendly as well as the harmful. This is tremendously problematic, as probiotic bacteria are essential for fighting off invading organisms and overall human health. But garlic knows the difference. Better yet, garlic contains prebiotic oligosaccharides, which are non-digestible carbohydrates that feed resident probiotic (“good”) bacteria. (14)
5. Blood Pressure
In the Journal of Pharmaceutical Science, study results showed garlic to work better than atenolol, a popular beta-blocker hypertension medication. (15) Unlike beta-blockers, garlic reduces blood pressure in people with hypertension but not in people with normal blood pressure, so is safe for everyone. (16)
6. Prevents Blood Clots
Up until a few years ago, a daily aspirin was recommended by the medical establishment as a preventive measure against blood clots that can cause heart attack and stroke. That recommendation has been rescinded by the Food and Drug Administration. However, many medical professionals still advise it. When it comes to natural anti-coagulants, allicin is top of the list. “…allicin were [was a] significantly more potent platelet inhibitors than aspirin at nearly equivalent concentrations”. (17)
7. Stabilizes Blood Sugar
There’s no question that obesity and diabetes have become epidemic, especially in the industrialized world. Our bodies are overwhelmed by refined sugars and artificial sweeteners that stimulate insulin production, resulting in insulin resistance over time. High fructose corn syrup is almost ubiquitous in processed foods and is wreaking havoc with our bodies. Raw garlic moderates blood sugar levels and reduces inflammation and oxidative stress caused by consuming too much sugar . Furthermore, garlic improves insulin sensitivity to support our bodies’ own method of managing blood sugar. (18, 19)
8. Prevents Heart Disease
Statin drugs have been prescribed for decades now to reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, as chronically high LDL has been linked to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and cardiovascular disease. Garlic regulates cholesterol, moderates blood pressure, helps in metabolizing fats, increases antioxidant levels, and prevents arterial plaque build-up. (20, 21, 22) Statin drugs are only marginally effective and can cause other serious conditions, such as liver damage, diabetes, cancer, and neurodegeneration.
9. Fights HIV/AIDS and Stomach Cancer
AZT (azidothymidine or dizovudine) is the drug cocktail used to treat human immunovirus (HIV) that causes AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). It works by inhibiting the virus’ ability to replicate. AZT is potent and laden with adverse side effects. (23) When tested for its effect on stomach cancer cells, this drug was found to stall growth and so has been used in cancer chemotherapy as well.
Allicin in garlic is supremely effective against gastric cancer cells; two studies went so far to say that it works better than conventional chemotherapy drugs (including AZT) and with no toxic side effects. (24, 25)
While no studies have yet to explore garlic’s efficacy in treating HIV, it is known to be an anti-viral and immune system booster. One caveat: garlic is known to impede the actions of antiretroviral drugs used to treat HIV (such as AZT) and is contraindicated for people already taking this type of medication. For those with HIV who are not taking conventional drugs, garlic may be an alternative. (26)