Garlic is an absolute wonder herb. It treats and prevents so many problems, from infections, viral, bacterial, and fungal, to high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It also has a toning and beneficial effect on the cardio-vascular system, is very helpful in cases of upper respiratory infections such as cold, flu, and bronchitis, and often does reduce their severity, and length of the illness. In fact, it is well known as a powerful antibiotic.
It has also been found to reduce the risk of esophageal, stomach, and colon cancer. Studies suggest that regularly eating garlic helps lower blood pressure, controls blood sugar and blood cholesterol, and boosts the immune system. Apparently Garlic's immune-boosting qualities are heightened when taken in powdered form!
Possible side effects and warnings: Too much can irritate the digestive tract, and the mucus membranes of the mouth and throat. Raw, crushed garlic is an anti-fungal, however it can produce skin blistering. Garlic can interfere with certain prescription medicines, especially some anti-coagulants used in surgery. In addition, research published in 2001 concluded that garlic supplements can cause a potentially harmful side effect when combined with a type of medication used to treat HIV/AIDS. Due to garlic's anti-clotting and blood thinning properties, people taking anti-coagulant drugs or who are scheduled for surgery should check with their doctor before taking garlic supplements.
Dosage: For high blood pressure a suggested dosage is 600-900mg garlic powder once daily. (or the dosage can be divided into 2-300mg three times per day) 600-900mg of garlic everyday lowers cholesterol levels and reduces arterial plaque formation by 5–18%. The powder can be added last-minute to soups and stews, gravies (to make it more palatable to take) -sprinkled on salads, added to salad dressings or mayonnaise, combined with butter, vegetable spread, or olive oil, and spread on bread or toast......or it is possible to buy empty capsules and fill them with the powder (a slightly easier task than one might imagine!) These empty capsules are not too difficult to purchase.
Alternatively, a tincture of Garlic can be made, and the Garlic loses none of its effectiveness as a tincture. The dosage would be 1-3 ml. 3 times a day.