The notion that herbs, spices and healthy foods are less potent than medication is not necessarily so, because culinary herbs and spices can address infections, including women’s health issues very effectively. There is masses of research to support the health benefits of garlic – sometimes called the “stinking rose”, yet it’s benefits in infection are usually underestimated.
While some people are concerned about it’s aroma, others don’t care and can’t get enough of it. Garlic is documented as being beneficial in conditions like cancer, stroke, infections, atherosclerosis and diabetes. It’s documented to have 57 pharmacological effects on the body.
Garlic has potent antibacterial powers and may be something medicine will need to turn to with growing problem of multi-drug resistant bacteria. Studies show that garlic can address both viral and bacterial infections.
Garlic can also help with fungal infections for women’s health. One study used two 500 mg garlic tablets or two 250 mg doses of Flagyl (metronidazole) for women with vaginal infections, commonly known as ‘thrush’. After seven days the garlic reduced the active infection by 70% compared to 48% for the drug – without side effects.
Even though eating garlic is a good idea, few of us are willing to consume a clove of garlic every day. Even if we love eating raw garlic, the social impact may deter us! (Chewing raw parsley is said to neutralise the odour of garlic.) We do have garlic supplements to turn to, but there’s nothing like consuming the fresh herb. Adding crushed garlic to salad dressing, steamed veggies potatoes is one way to get your garlic dosage up. Garlic bread would be the most popular (easy on the butter though), and make the bread wholemeal. Delicious! It is great to use it in cooking, but fresh, raw garlic will deliver the most health benefits.