Wednesday, September 1st 2004
Allicin: Garlic's key active
Dr Donald Brown, a prominent American naturopathic physician, states:
"Allicin and its fellow sulphur compounds fuel many of garlic's actions in the body? Research suggests that the best garlic supplements closely approximates the eating of raw garlic. Carefully prepared garlic powder will yield allicin almost as efficiently as raw garlic.
Aged garlic products don't make the grade, since they yield no allicin and only about 10 percent of the other sulphur compounds present in garlic?."
What are the benefits of Garlicin quality?
* Garlicin is guaranteed to deliver more allicin per dose due to its guaranteed enteric coating.
* Garlicin is closer in action to fresh cut garlic than any other garlic product.
* Garlicin is odour controlled through its proven effective SmartRelease? enteric coating that protects Garlicin from stomach acid and prevents "bounce-back" of odour from the stomach. Alliinase must quickly and fully activate within the intestines to maximise the creation of allicin.
* Garlicin is economical considering allicin per dose and "once-a-day" dosage.
Correctly verify allicin release
The coating must dissolve in 45 minutes in the intestines to release all the benefits as simulated in accordance with USP Method 724A of the United States Pharmacopoeia. Not by simply dissolving crushed tablets in water.
Scientific studies prove Garlic's effectiveness
Since 1975, over 32 human studies have demonstrated the lipid lowering effects of garlic. Significant reductions in serum cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol were recorded with an increase in HDL cholesterol.
Mild Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
Garlic exerts a mild antihypertensive effect. Analysis of studies has shown a decrease in systolic pressure of 20 to 30 mm Hg and diastolic pressure of 10 to 20 mm HG.
Garlic was first noted as being antibacterial by Dr. Louis Pasteur in 1858. Garlic including some of its sulphur compounds, especially allicin have antiviral properties and have been found to inhibit the herpes simplex virus. Garlic also has antifungal properties and has inhibited the growth of Candida albicans.
Which Garlicin do I use?
This formula includes Garlic, Echinacea, Zinc and Vitamin C and is especially important when a cold or the flu strikes.
Is the economical once-a-day tablet for every day, all year round use to help prevent colds, flu and infections and improve cardiovascular health. Two tablets a day provide the amount of allicin indicated in clinical trials to help reduce cholesterol.
This is the very popular no odour formula containing Garlic, Hawthorn, Cayenne (Capsicum), Vitamin E and Rutin. This formula is designed to help enhance circulation and improve cardiovascular health. Other symptoms that may benefit include angina, aching legs from poor circulation, normalising of blood pressure and prevention of thrombosis. It will not cause stomach discomfort as do some other similar advertised capsules.
There are no known contraindications to the use of garlic during pregnancy and lactation. If you are taking antacids or drugs that reduce stomach acidity, tablets with enteric coatings may dissolve in the stomach instead of the intestines. In the case of GarlicinÂ® this may create odour on the breath.
Reproduced unabridged from the July - September 2004 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
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