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The Power of Garlic, a Detoxification Super Food

Posted by Dr. Mark McClure on Mon, Aug 08, 2011

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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.  

World Wellness Store freeze dried garlic product:


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