Odorless Aged Garlic
Garlic, the Bountiful Bulb
Can a clove of garlic a day keep the doctor away? Can an odor-free supplement be as good or even better? Garlic has been an important part of life for centuries, across cultures and millennia. In fact, no other single food has had as many applications as this pungent plant. Garlic has been used to spice food, protect against vampires and witches, prepare soldiers for war, and treat various ailments.
Today, after close to 6000 years of folklore, scientific research shows that garlic is an amazing resource of phytochemicals (botanicals) that has a wide range of actions that can benefit health. Scientific studies also show that garlic does not have to be eaten raw or fresh to be effective. The potent odor of garlic may not be necessary for its health benefits. Research shows that aged, deodorized garlic extract sometimes works even better than fresh garlic without causing digestive disorders and "garlic breath" that may haunt the fresh garlic eater.
A History of Garlic
Garlic - allium sativum - is a hardy perennial plant that belongs to the lily family, as do onions, leeks, shallots and chives. However, garlic contains a number of organo-sulfur substances with medicinal properties that are unique to garlic. The history of garlic stretches far back, to a time when people who foraged in the fields for food and healing herbs came across garlic and cultivated it for their use. Remnants of garlic have been found in cave dwellings that are over 10,000 years old. Egyptian tombs, dating back to close to 5700 years ago, were found to contain sketches of garlic and clay sculptures of the bulb. The ancient Egyptian text Codex Ebers details formulas with garlic as remedies for many ailments.
Chinese writings dating from 2700 B.C. describe garlic for treating many ailments and for enhancing vigor. In India, Ayurvedic medicine recommends garlic to boost energy and address issues associated with colds, allergies, and fatigue.
In modern times garlic has become popular as a healing herb in some Asian and European countries. In certain parts of China people eat about 20 grams of garlic a day, approximately 8 medium size cloves. In Germany, most adults take a daily garlic supplement to promote holistic health. In the United States, the use of garlic preparations as supplements has been rapidly escalating in recent years.
The chemistry of garlic is complex, with over 100 different compounds that contribute to its effects. The most important and unique feature is its high content of organo-sulfur substances. Garlic contains at least four times more sulfur than other high sulfur vegetables -- onion, broccoli and cauliflower.
Water Soluble Sulfur Compounds
Oil-Soluble Sulfur Compounds
The two and a half day international conference took place in November, 1998, in Newport Beach California and focused on "Recent Advances on the Nutritional Benefits Accompanying the Use of Garlic as a Supplement." Organized at Pennsylvania State University, the conference gathered close to 200 Researchers and Health Professionals from 12 countries. Scientists presented work on the health benefits of garlic and garlic supplements and it became clear from studies reported at the conference that deodorized aged garlic extract was more effective than fresh garlic in large part because of the unique water soluble organo-sulfur compounds that have a wide scope of action and are highly bioavailable.
Garlic is rich in antioxidant phytochemicals that include organo-sulfur compounds and flavonoids capable of scavenging free radicals. Garlic also contains selenium, which is required by the antioxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase. Though we do not know the mechanisms of all the garlic components, many of its effects are due to the antioxidant actions of garlic and garlic preparations that contain stable organo-sulfur compounds.
Research shows that among garlic preparations, aged garlic extract has the highest antioxidant potential compared to fresh garlic and some commercial preparations. Aged garlic extract simply works. In other experiments, some forms of garlic powder have been shown to boost cell glutathione which scavenges free radicals and helps maintain a healthy immune system. Aged odorless garlic contains enzymes that convert free radicals to water while destroying toxic peroxides.
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