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The Power of Garlic, a Detoxification Super Food


Mark McClure DDS

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Detoxification, or removing the “bad stuff” from the body is a key component to health and longevity. There are many foods, herbs and drugs that are in the arsenal of a holistic patient and their doctor’s tool kit to help the body detoxify in a natural manner. Garlic is one of the most important!

This ancient longevity food has so many functions that it truly ranks as one of the most important super-foods. Garlic has two major functions:

  1. A super detox food supporting many liver enzymes, the body’s manufacturing of glutathione and other factors critical for detoxification including multiple sulfur compounds and bio-active selenium.
  2. Garlic is the most effective broad spectrum anti-microbial agent possessing 39 different anti-fungal, bacterial, parasitic and viral agents.

There are two dosages and strategies for garlic and detox. For its detox support role, garlic once a day will suffice; to be most effective in reducing the “bad bugs”, garlic 2-3 times a day is recommended (keeping the blood levels up).

Organic Freeze Dried Garlic

Why organic freeze dried garlic? Because the anti-microbial components in garlic have a short shelf life of about 14 days and freeze drying organic garlic preserves the potency. However it must be reconstituted by opening up the capsules in water before ingesting. Non-organic garlic will absorb the toxic pesticides.

How much? Eat garlic until you reek then back off so that you are not socially unacceptable, usually 1-2 capsules (per dosing) will be sufficient. For more on freeze dried garlic and other detox foods see Detoxification section of our website or the Detoxification for Life series.  

World Wellness Store freeze dried garlic product:



Thanks for this article. Are you saying that eating fresh garlic cloves will not benefit us as much as supplements because the shelf-life is 14 days, and that we should look for freeze-dried garlic supplements instead?
Posted @ Monday, August 08, 2011 12:07 PM by Susan C.
From Dr. McClure: Fresh garlic is always appropriate and good for you. However, the antibiotic potency of 1 capsule of freeze dried garlic is comparable to 8 cloves of fresh garlic, so it may be more convenient to take in capsule form.
Posted @ Monday, August 08, 2011 1:13 PM by Loreen Wasilko
I like garlic I take garlic vitimins my own vitamins and from the Doctor the Dentist. Also I bbuy garlic and sometimes make it. My mother used to make it sometimes when she was alive. Miriam S. Ratner
Posted @ Wednesday, August 31, 2011 3:12 PM by Miriam Ratner
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