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Garlic for Back Pain: Does it Really Work?

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We all know that inflammation alone can trigger pain, so controlling or minimizing it may be effective. If it’s true that in addition to being a vampire repellant, garlic is also an anti-inflammatory power food then why not add it more often to your food.

Here are some amazing facts that can be found in many journals of medicines:

  1. Plants of the genus Allium are known for their production of organic sulfur compounds, which possess interesting biological and pharmacological properties. Among these, garlic is one of the most widely used.
  2. When extracted and isolated, these compounds exhibit a broad spectrum of beneficial effects against microbial infections and are used to protect against heart disease.
  3. Garlic is currently being studied for its ability to boost the immune system and possibly fight cancer.
  4. Garlic contains allicin, a potent, sulfar-based compound that is responsible for the distinctive aroma, but may also be the reason for garlic’s antibacterial properties.

Garlic, often referred to as the “stinking rose,” does seem to have a full bouquet of health benefits. But preparation matters. Research confirms that heating garlic too soon interferes with the health-promoting benefits of allicin.

Be sure to allow minced, chopped or crushed garlic to sit for 5 to 10 minutes before heating. If you are inpatient and throw it into that hot olive oil or boiling water too soon, you will deactivate the beneficial enzyme. Patience is definitely a virtue when it comes to preparing this gold nugget!

If you do make the effort to include more garlic in your food you will find that you have more energy and feel better all around. Now it may be pure coincidence, but I’m going to continue my regime of taking one clove in the morning. I’ve also been incorporating it into the main meal of the day. After all, except for ice cream, what doesn’t taste better with a little garlic?

 

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