With Cold and Flu season in full swing, most of us are wondering how to avoid being stuck in bed with the cold or flu.  The answer to this question could be as close as your kitchen!  As it turns out, Garlic has many AntiViral and AntiBacterial properties. Scientific Discovery is now uncovering truths that have been in use for over 2000 years!  Studies conducted as recently as last year are showing that consuming garlic everyday reduced the risk of catching the common cold by close to 60% and reduced recovery time by 20%.

Garlic is so powerful that studies have shown that it has AntiParasitic properties as well and has been shown to be effective against very harsh strains of Multi-Drug Resistant E.Coli.  Isn’t it amazing that something as simple as garlic can be so much help to the immune system?  But that’s not all!  Aside from its AntiViral properties, Garlic is also well known as being very effective for the prevention of heart disease, cancer and as a treatment for nausea.  Garlic has also been used to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol and atherosclerosis.

Garlic also has a very rich history in the modern world.  Even during both World Wars, garlic was used as an antiseptic to prevent gangrene.  Garlic has also been used as an antiseptic mouthwash to fight oral infections and gingivitis.  Garlic is a very powerful herb and there are so many different ways to use it, so next time you’re wondering how to make the common cold, not-so-common, remember, it’s as simple as a walk to your nearest kitchen.

-Dr. Abid Ebrahim B.Sc., N.D.
Naturopathic Doctor