Garlic: Empowering Immunity From Within
(NC) - Our bodies are incredibly well designed machines, the answers to many of our health challenges lie within each of us. Our lifestyle decisions, the foods we eat, the liquids we drink, and the way we exercise and move our bodies are all important factors in our wellbeing.
Often however, external forces, such as the chronic stresses brought on by our faced paced lives, environmental pollutants, or poor nutrition leave our internal doctors tired and frail. Don't despair, rejuvenating our immunity is within reach, garlic, fresh or in supplement form, is easily accessible and has proven to be a natural immune booster. Here's how and why it works and some tips on what to look for when choosing a garlic supplement.
"The secret to garlic's efficacy lies in its' complex composition," said Rob Blais, Director of Branding - Purity Life Health Products Ltd., Canadian distributors of Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract (AGE). Since garlic oil was first isolated in the late 1800s, more than 100 compounds have been identified as constituents of garlic.
Of these elements, the most important are organosulfur water soluble S-allyl compounds, including S-allyl cysteine and other sulfur amino acids that are increased by aging garlic extract. Stable, odorless and safe, with high antioxidant activity, S-allyl cysteine easily gets into the circulatory system from the stomach (highly bioavailable), with an absorption of close to 90%. These stable organosulfer compounds have been shown to be the most critical in fighting sickness, building immunity and creating overall wellbeing, according to Blais.
These sulfur-containing amino acids are active on four key fronts:
- They are antiviral and antibacterial;
- They act as an effective anti oxidant, preventing the build up of damaging free radicals in the blood stream;
- They have been shown to inhibit the growth tumor forming cells;
- Most importantly, they stimulate the multiplication of infection fighting and immune regulating white cells, boosts natural killer cell activity, and increase the efficiency of antibody production.
What to look for in a garlic supplement
"Garlic supplementation in our daily diet may be one of the best options to prevent aging and disease and therefore extend life," he added. Those who wish to eat a clove of garlic a day and do not suffer adverse reactions can do so. Various garlic products on the market offer an alternative but require careful viewing of the manufacturer's standardization of the product and of the bioavailability of the compounds in the supplement. For instance, garlic antioxidants are highest in aged garlic extract (AGE), compared to fresh garlic and other commercial preparations.
Those who want to increase their daily dose of garlic but avoid garlic breath can turn to regular use of aged garlic extract (Kyolic), a deodorized standardized, highly bioavailable supplement, whose benefits are well researched. Blais said Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract is the world's most thoroughly researched garlic supplement. Over 365 research studies have been successfully conducted on its medicinal benefits. For more information on aged garlic extract visit www.kyolic.ca
- News Canada