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Garlic – Nature’s Little Miracle

Garlic – Nature’s Little Miracle

Garlic is certainly one of nature’s miracle plants. It has been known since the beginning of recorded history for its ability to heal and strengthen the body.

  • Garlic Is A Powerful Antibiotic.

Garlic destroys both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria including streptococcus, staphylococcus, cholera, bacterial dysentery, typhoid, diphtheria, tuberculosis, tetanus and many others.

A significant finding from Washington State University shows that garlic is 100 times more effective than antibiotics.

Laboratory made antibiotics are non-selective and, besides harmful, they kill also “friendly bacteria” needed for proper metabolic function. This is causing us digestive problems, yeast and fungal overgrowth. Our bodies become immune to these antibiotics over time and dangerous resistant strains of bacteria are occasionally developed.

Garlic, on the other hand,  is “selective” and magically kills only bacteria that is harmful and at the same time enhances our friendly bacteria and improves our intestinal flora and digestion!

In addition to that, when the properties of garlic are present in the bloodstream, many aspects of our immune system are enhanced.  

  • Garlic Is A Powerful Antiviral Agent.

Garlic destroys various viruses that cause respiratory infections and influenza. Garlic destroys on contact the viral infections of measles, mumps, herpes simplex #1 and #2, herpes zoster, viral hepatitis, scarlet fever, mononucleosis, chicken pox and others.

  • Garlics Is A Strong Antifungal Agent.

In the laboratory, garlic has proven to be more potent than any known antifungal agent including Nystatin.  Garlic will also regulate the overgrowth of candida albicans.

  • Garlic Helps With Heart Disease.

Garlic prevents and helps with conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Garlic has been found to reduce the buildup and inhibit the formation of atherosclerotic plaque in our arteries.

Garlic extract supplements are proven to reduce high cholesterol levels and blood pressure in people with hypertension.

  • Garlic Is Used As Cancer Treatment.

The National Cancer Institute has reported that cancer incidence worldwide is lowest in the countries where garlic consumption is highest.

Garlic has been proven to increase protection and help against: breast, colon, lung, ovarian, prostate, esophageal and stomach cancer.

Organo-sulfur compounds from garlic have been found to be  effective against glioblastoma, a type of highly aggressive brain tumor.

Allicin from garlic may be useful as a cancer treatment.  According to one study, when garlic compounds were injected into a tumor cell, the reaction not only penetrated the cell but also killed it.

  • Garlic Is A Powerful Antioxidant.

The component of garlic, allicin, which causes the smell and familiar flavor, is an extremely effective antioxidant. As allicin digests in our body it produces a compound that goes after dangerous free radicals. This is another way how garlic protects us from cancer and suppresses chemically induced cancers.

How To Consume Garlic

The best way to eat garlic is to take a whole, fresh clove, chop it, smash it or press it, then wait around 15 minutes for the conversion (from alliin into the beneficial allicin) to occur, and then consume it. The active compound loses potency rapidly and can disappear completely within about an hour of chopping.

Credits, Sources and More Info

Garlic Proven 100 Times More Effective Than Antibiotics

Garlic Kills Brain Cancer Cells Study  

Lung Cancer Risk Cut 44% By Eating Raw Garlic Study

Garlic intake related to a decreased risk of prostate cancer

Garlic Could be Used as Cancer Treatment

Effects of garlic extract consumption on blood lipid and oxidant/antioxidant parameters in humans with high blood cholesterol

Food Supplements and Vitamins – Do We Really Need Them?

How to choose vitamins and supplements?

The nutrition we need can be in principle fully obtained from wholesome, organic food.

However, for people on the go and especially frequent travelers it can be quite challenging to get all the nutrients that body needs.

Even the wholesome organic food is depleted if compared to the food our ancestors consumed, plus up to half of its nutritional value may be lost through the preparation and cooking.

As a result, we can, indeed, somewhat benefit from supplements.

As a general guideline, supplement should be from natural origin and high-quality. Synthetic types are cheaper and can do more harm than good, so best to avoid them.

I enclose below my list along with some key considerations.

The list can be much longer and rather overwhelming so I stick with those that worked well for me and my family and group them in Core (absolutely essential to be used every day) and Optional (occasional use when/if appropriate).


1. Vitamin D

This vitamin is extremely important for our well-being. Deficiency of the vitamin D is associated with a large number of diseases like cancers, heart disease, autism, multiple sclerosis, cold, flu, eczema, depression, obesity and many others.

A proper sun exposure is absolutely the best way to get your daily requirement of vitamin D.  I enclose some basic guidelines here.

If/when you need to supplement vitamin D, make sure you go for the best quality. The oral supplement needs to be in natural form of vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), the same vitamin our body makes when exposed to sunshine. It is important to avoid vitamin D2 (Drisdol).

2. Vitamin C

Vitamin C  promotes tissue growth and repair and have multiple health benefits. Vitamin C received probably the highest media coverage ever and its benefits are rarely questioned so I am not going to dwell on its importance any further. Few considerations to have in mind:

    • A colorful diet of raw vegetables, preferably organic, provide our body with the vitamin C it needs (acerola, pepper, guava, green leafy vegetables, kiwi, berries, broccoli, citrus fruits are some of the foods with highest vitamin C content)
    • As anti-cancer treatment, mega doses of vitamin C are sometimes given intravenously (to maintain the high levels in the bloodstream).
    • Liposomal technology of producing vitamin C has been used to help increase absorption of nutrients and may work better even when compared to intravenous vitamin C. You can buy liposomal vitamin C on the internet but it is fairly expensive and good quality is not easy to find. In Europe you can buy Lipolife Gold and in the US Liposomal Vitamin C.
    • If you can’t find or afford the liposomal type, make sure you look for the vitamin C that is

a) in form of Ascorbyl palmitate which is fat soluble, stable and extremely good for your skin. Alternative form L-ascorbyl palmitate should be avoided at all costs as it is highly acidic and can damage the sensitive skin.

b) made of natural ingredients (not synthetic chemicals) and

c) does not contain any soy emulsifier (soy lecithin).

3. Probiotic

Also known as “good” bacteria, probiotic is extremely important for our immune system, digestion, detoxification etc.

It is best to get it from fermented food like yogurt made from dairy or nut milks, kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi, other fermented (“cultured”) vegetables and juices etc.

Alternatively you can supplement with a high quality, high potency probiotics. Good probiotic is typically expensive, and you need to make sure that at minimum –

  • contains wide multiple strains of bacteria
  • is acid resistant (able to resist stomach acid)
  • doesn’t need refrigeration (typicaly a good indicator that product is of good quality).

Dr. Mercola’s Probiotic, although expensive, is difficult to beat. I now use not as good but of solid quality and more affordable Bifibiol.

4. Omega 3 

Western diet in general is lacking Omega 3 and many articles have been written about importance of Omega 3. Supplement in form of Cod liver oil or Krill oil is therefore often necessary.

Krill oil, although expensive is preferred for few reasons. Krill are small, shrimp-like creatures harvested from the cold Antarctic waters and probably the best sustainable source of Omega 3 on the planet. Besides Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA & DHA), krill oil contains vitamins A and E, plus astaxanthin (a powerful antioxidant).

5. Mutivitamin

Vegetable juice is by far your best “Multivitamin”. I know it is not easy to get used to juicing and takes some practice. If you are on the road, traveling or not able to juice for whatever reason, the chances are that you will need to supplement.  A  good, high-quality multi-vitamin you can find Dr Mercola Multivitamin

Optional Supplements

1. Iodine.

If you live in the Western world, the probability that you are iodine deficient is high. Iodine deficiency causes cancer, ADHD,  Hypothyroidism and Retardation. Read more about Iodine Deficiency Epidemic.

Therefore it is important to optimize your iodine levels through the natural intake of foods. Toxin-free sea vegetables like kelp and spirulina are among the best natural dietary sources of iodine in food. Celtic salt is all-natural, pure source of iodine that contains up to 350mcg per 1/4 tsp. Recommended daily supplementation of iodine is around 800mcg.

2. Chlorella.

Chlorella, a single-celled micro-algae, is one of the most powerful detoxification tools available as a supplement that is used to eliminate accumulated toxins, including mercury. You should look for Broken Cell Wall chlorella and be sure it comes from clean waters.  You need to start small and increase supplementation  gradually.  I use Organic Broken Cell Wall Chlorella.

3. Vitamin E.

Antioxidant that supports cardiovascular health; promotes healthy skin and hair. Look for a natural complex, free of soy (hard to find in Europe). I particularly like and use Unique E, that is indeed free of soy.

4. Evening Primrose Oil (for women). 

This is the supplement I have been using incessantly for ten plus years. It is extremely good for female organs health and promotes hormonal balance. I use this product Be-Life Evening Primrose 1000

5. Vitamin B.

Vitamin B promotes brain health, hair and nail growth. Folate (a water-soluble B vitamin that is naturally present in some foods) is replenished easily and naturally by eating nutritious diet, rich in raw vegetables (best form of folate) and it is our best bet to get the necessary B.

If you really need to supplement then look for a B complex that contain folate (natural form) as opposed to folic acid (synthetic type of B vitamin).

6. Magnesium.

Magnesium is often insufficiently supplied by a regular diet. The magnesium deficiency is difficult to define, however some signs like painful muscle spasms, muscle cramping, eye twitches, or involuntary eye movements, anxiety, maybe be attributed to lack of magnesium. Also, both physical and emotional stress and hyperactivity can cause lack of magnesium.

Fresh, pure vegetable juices are the absolutely the best and preferred source of magnesium.

Occasionally you can take magnesium supplement orally, but it’s important not to use it on a long-term basis, as it may cause imbalances in the calcium/magnesium ratio.  The best way is use magnesium oil through skin application (transdermal magnesium mineral supplement) and the best i know of is Ancient Minerals


7. Calcium.

Contrary to popular belief that calcium is good for bones, a new research claims that supplemental calcium may cause heart attacks, accelerate vascular calcification and create many other issues.

Therefore the best would be to avoid calcium supplements and use food as undisputed and best source of calcium.  The good sources include leafy green vegetables, wheatgrass etc. Other important sources of calcium are: raw dairy, bone broth, natural unprocessed salt (e.g. Himalayan salt)

8. Fiber.

Regular and easy bowel movement is very important and supplementation helps in case of issues.  You can either take ground organic flaxseeds (flax is also source of omega-3) or Organic Psyllium. I use Organic Psyllium by Organic India.


Healthy Oils/Fats

Oils and Fats Explained

Omega-3 vs. Omega-6 

Butter 800Modern Western diets typically have ratios of omega−6 to omega−3 in excess of 10 to 1, some as high as 30 to 1. The imbalance in the omega-3 and 6 ratio is associated with many health issues.  

We need omega-3 fatty acids for numerous body functions, such as controlling blood clotting and building cell membranes in the brain.  Note that omega-3 fats are necessary for the complete development of the human brain during pregnancy.

On the other hand, vegetable oils like corn, soy, sunflower, canola are rich in omega-6 oils and shouldn’t  be used for cooking.

How Best To Ensure Omega-3 Intake?

Since our bodies cannot make omega-3 fats, we must obtain them through food.

Many nutrition experts believe we need at least 4% of the total calories (approximately 4 grams) as omega-3 fats.

Flaxseeds and walnuts would be at the top of the omega-3 rich foods list. 40 grams of flaxseeds (1/4 cup) contain about 6 grams of omega-3 fatty acids. 40 of walnuts contain around 4 grams (1/4 cup of walnuts is around 3 grams)

Beans, fish, winter squash and olive oil are other important sources.

Frying Oxidizes the Oils and Damages Omega-3

Frying destroys the antioxidants and oxidizes the oils.

As the oil is heated and mixed with oxygen, it becomes rancid (oxidized) and should not be consumed as it leads directly to heart disease.

The best is to stay away from frying. Even frying fish and frying with olive oil will damage the omega-3s.

Olive Oil – Great for Salads, Not Great For Cooking

Olive oil is one of those miraculous  gifts of nature.  Extra virgin olive oil is considered by many as one of the healthiest fats on Earth. Real “extra virgin” olive oil is 100% natural and very high in antioxidants. Many of the lower quality olive oils have been processed and adulterated with cheaper oils.

However,  olive oil is extremely “fragile” and need to be carefully stored and handled with care.

Olive oil is best to be consumed in when not heated. Olive oil is not the best oil to cook with as cooking makes it prone to oxidative damage.  Also the olive oil go rancid quickly.

Tip: To help protect extra virgin olive oil from oxidation, you may add one drop of astaxanthin or lutein (by piercing and squeezing the gellule). Astaxanthin or lutein cause oil to turn red or orange so once when the color fades, the oil should be thrown away.

Another good strategy is to keep olive oil at the dark place and buy smaller quantities.

Butter is Healthy!

Butter is a great source of vitamin A, (D, E and K2), which are often lacking in the urban diet. It also contains minerals like selenium, it is good source of iodine, fatty acids, contains a perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fats and many other benefits.

However, not all butter is created equal, and you need to take care to buy the butter made from raw, unpasteurized, organic milk.  

Avoid Margarine, Butter-Mimicking Products and “Cholesterol-Free” Cooking Fats

Margarine and all other butter-mimicking foods including “cholesterol-free” advertised cooking fats should be avoided at any cost.

There is a myriad of unhealthy components in margarine and the likes including trans fats (unnatural fats that contribute to heart disease, cancer), free radicals (linked to cancer), emulsifiers, preservatives, bleach, additives and many, many others.

Key Things to Remember

  • Take care of your omega-3 fatty acid intake.  Adding some flaxseed and walnuts would be the easiest way to go about it. ghee 4
  • For cooking and baking the best is to use exclusively coconut oil or ghee.
  • Consume, but do not heat other healthy fats like extra virgin olive oil and butter (from raw, organic milk). Avocados,  egg yolks are additional sources of healthy fats.
  • Stay away from margarine and “butter-mimicking” foods including “cholesterol-free” advertised cooking fats.

Sources and Credits