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Allium sativum (family Liliaceae), its bulb contains up to 0.9% of volatile irritating oil with antiseptic action; has been used as a diaphoretic, diuretic, and expectorant.
Synonym(s): garlic
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A culinary and medicinal perennial plant that contains amino acids and volatile oils (e.g., allicin and vitamins A, B and C) and owes its aroma to the high content of selenium, which is eliminated through the lungs and skin as dimethyl selenide
Chinese medicine Chinese chive, da suan Garlic is used in traditional Chinese medicine as an antimicrobial and general tonic, and for colds, cough, diarrhoea, gastrontestinal complaints, parasites, rheumatic disease, shellfish poisoning, tuberculosis, tumours and vaginitis, as well as to increase internal secretions, and topically for athlete’s foot, fungal and parasitic infections. See Chinese herbal medicine
Herbal medicine In Western herbal medicine, garlic is used internally for atherosclerosis, colds, coughs, flu, gastrointestinal complaints, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, liver and gallbladder disease and as an anthelmintic; as with Chinese herbal medicine, it is used topically for athlete’s foot, fungal and parasitic infections and as a rubefacient. See Herbal medicine
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A herbal product promoted for treatment of vascular disease, dyslipidemias, and hypertension.
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Patient discussion about garlic

Q. Is garlic helpful in heart ailments? I have heard that garlic is very good for cardiac health and using in curries or cooked with foods will be helpful. I have also heard that it has anti-inflammatory substances and also helps in weight loss. Is garlic helpful in heart ailments?

A. It acts as antioxidant and reduces the amount of free radicals in your body. It’s helpful once taken raw. But the raw garlic can cause bad breadth and blistering of skin and diarrhea. So, there should be a reduced intake of raw garlic. It’s better to have garlic in a cooked up form like in curries or with vegetables. This will also give the desired benefits of garlic and the side effect of over consumption of garlic will also be reduced.

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Which demonstrated that water extract of garlic powder produces the direct anti-atherogenic effect on cultured smooth muscle cells isolated from grossly normal human aortic intima by preventing the intracellular accumulation of cholesterol and reducing cellular proliferation stimulated by atherogenic serum.
Available year round, fresh garlic cloves pack more flavor and health benefits than other forms, such as garlic powder, flakes, and paste.
Form the mixture into 4 patties, then season them with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Toast 1 tbsp cumin seeds in a dry pan and place 50g cayenne pepper, 125g smoked paprika, 1 tbsp onion powder, 1 tbsp garlic powder, 1 tsp peppercorn, 1 tbsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp dried oregano, and 1 tsp dried thyme, into a mortar and pestle.
5 A PERENNIAL bulb it can be used fresh or dried in garlic powder.
ABSTRACT In present study we examined the potentials of feeding dried garlic powder to broiler chicks.
Sticky Chicken and Chips Serves two 15 Checks 3.2g fat Ingredients | 400g floury potatoes, scrubbed well | Spray oil | Salt and freshly ground black pepper | 1tsp light soy sauce | 1tsp tomato ketchup | 1tsp Dijon mustard | 2tsp runny honey | Four chicken drumsticks, skin removed | Large pinch of garlic powder Method Heat the oven to 220C, gas mark 7.
2 Add the tomato puree, garlic powder, English mustard and Worcestershire sauce with 4 tablespoons of water.
Place the chicken cubes in a bowl and add the soy sauce, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
Effect of garlic powder on the growth of commensal bacteria from the gastrointestinal tract.
Place the tuna, capers, dill weed and garlic powder in a mixing bowl; stir to combine.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard and garlic powder; stir mixture into cooked macaroni.