Health Corner: What You don’t know about Garlic

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Garlic ( Allium sativum)

Local name: Yoruba & Igbo- ayo, Hausa- tafarnuwa

Garlic is a commonly used herb that has miraculous healing properties and is widely used in a number of ailments. The parts used are bulb, fresh cloves and juice. Some of the
medicinal properties of garlic are antiseptic, antibiotic, antiviral, anti-allergy, aphrodisiac, anti-amoebic, anti-coagulant, detoxifier, carminative, diaphoretic, and stimulant; may protectthe heart and nervous system, enhance the body’s immune system, decrease the side effects of drug therapies for cancer.
The therapeutically active ingredient in garlic is the allicin. The bulb of Allium sativum with a pungent odour when crushed, widely used to flavour foods. There is some evidence
that garlic has a beneficial effect in lowering blood cholesterol.

The most active components of fresh garlic are an amino acid called allin and an enzyme called allinase. When a clove of garlic is chewed, chopped, bruised, or cut, these compounds mix to form allicin, which is responsible for garlic’s strong smell. Allicin, in turn, breaks down into other sulfur compounds within a few hours. These compounds have a variety of overlapping healing properties.
For maintaining heart health, this herb is usually taken by mouth (i.e., swallowed). Garlic (example: fresh garlic) may also be applied on top of the skin for the treatment of skin
infections.

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What drug(s) may interact with garlic?
• Anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen or
naproxen
• aspirin, ASA
• clopidogrel
• cilostazol
• dalteparin, enoxaparin, heparin or other injectable blood
thinners
• dipyridamole
• saquinavir
• ticlopidine
• warfarin

Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health
care professional as soon as possible for oral garlic:
Rare or uncommon:
• bleeding
• rash
• itching
• swelling of tongue, lips or throat

Who’s getting Garlic today for that Sunday stew, Jellof rice and fried rice.

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