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Garlic boosts the immune system and may be beneficial for COVID

by Cheryl E Preston 5 months ago in healthy
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A stronger healthier body is the best defense against all sickness and disease.

COVID 19 and Garlic: Just the facts

When it comes to the various strains of the coronavirus there is a lot of false information going around about how to prevent or cure it. There is no known cure at this time but a healthy immune system might be beneficial. One way to strengthen your immunity against disease is by consuming garlic or garlic supplements. This is not a guarantee but the healthier your immune system is the better your chance is to fight off colds, flu, pneumonia, and possibly COVID.

Hospitals have been reporting that some people who get the coronavirus die after their lungs and other organs become hard. The line of thinking surrounding garlic is that it may keep bad matters from getting worse in such patients.Garlic (Allium sativum) is an herb related to onions, chives, and leeks.

Garlic in ancient times

Garlic is commonly used for conditions related to the blood system and the heart and three of these four were utilized by the Israelites in ancient Egypt according to the Bible in Numbers 11:5. According to National Geographic the ancient Romans dedicated garlic to Mars the god of war and ate the plant to boost their courage. Ancient medical records from India, Greece, China, Rome, and Egypt indicate that these nations used garlic for medicinal purposes.

If you are a baby boomer who was born between 1948 and 1964 you probably heard your parents or grandparents singing the praises of adding garlic to the diet. You may even have seen someone healed of a cold, a fever or the flu after garlic was injested. Garlic has been used for many thousands of years and modern medical science is only now beginning to acknowledge that these people who lived centuries ago knew a thing or two when it comes to the power of garlic to heal.

What we must keep in mind is that medical practitioners and pharmacies work hand in hand so they have been trained to utilized prescription meds rather than home remedies or natural cures. If indeed garlic and other foods work better than what a doctor prescribes it would put the pharmcuticals out of business.

Even so, please keep in mind that the instructions we were given at the beginning of the pandemic still stand and work best. They are:

1, Practice social distancing

2. Wear a mask when you are unable to social distance.

3. Avoid touching your face

4. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water

5. Clean surfaces you touch regularly.

6. Use hand sanitizer

7. Disinfect

It's also important to remember that initially in the United States COVID spread during gatherings in close quarters such as weddings, funerals, and church services so we should not throw out the baby with the bath water.

Garlic's properties

Let's take a look at garlic to better understand its role in improving immunity. Garlic has been used for centuries to treat metabolic disorders and a variety of diseases in humans. Garlic is considered to be one of the most efficient natural antibiotics against the wide spectrum of viruses and bacteria. Scientific studies suggest Garlic might be beneficial as an inhalation therapy in the treatment of pulmonary infections that have been caused by COVID-19. It may also be beneficial for secondary bacterial infections, associated with the coronavirus which are a significant cause of death in hospitalized patients.

Garlic has been utilized as a herbal remedy for cleansing the stomach lining, gastric disturbances, and also stimulating liver detoxification. Oils prepared from the bulbs can work as a decongestant and soothe the bronchioles and alveoli of the lungs by clearing away unwanted mucous. Garlic should not be taken in excess as you may experience unwanted side effects which include gastric bloating and aggravated irritable bowel syndrome.

The principal active ingredient in garlic is allicin which has antifungal and antimicrobial properties.This is why garlic is believed to actively fight against many viruses including coronavirus (CoV) and also severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV)​.

Numerous in vitro studies indicate that garlic lowers blood pressure, cholesterol, and reduces platelet aggregation. Despite clinical evidence that suggests garlic may play a role in preventing or delaying cardiovascular disease, the results vary with different types of garlic extract.

Consuming healthy food and leading a healthy lifestyle is not guaranteed to protect you from testing positive for the coronavirus. These things will, however, prepare your body to fight off a virus if you should be diagnosed with one. Garlic contains Vitamins C, B1, and B6. It also has nutrients that boost the immune system and they are Iron, Calcium, Copper, Manganese, Potassium, Phosphorus and Selenium.

Disclaimer: The information in this article does not promise garlic will treat, or prevent COVID-19 or any other illness. This is for informational purposes only.

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About the author

Cheryl E Preston

Cheryl is a poet, freelance writer, published author and former Newspaper columnist. She has degrees in Psycology and Biblical studies. She enjoys sharing natural cures, and Nostalgia related info. Tips are greatly appreciated.

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