Garlic (Allium sativum) has been used since ancient times for both medicinal and culinary purposes. It contains volatile oils that are packed with several sulfur-rich compounds that give it a typical pungent odor.
Garlic is highly effective in lowering bad cholesterol and improving heart health. Allicin, a compound present in garlic, exhibits antibacterial (Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria), antifungal (particularly against Candida albicans), antiparasitic (including major intestinal parasites such as Entamoeba histolytica and Giardia lamblia) and antiviral activities.
Garlic & UTI
Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a type of bacteria, is responsible for many persistent and recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs). A study showed that oral treatment with garlic significantly lowered the growth of this bacteria and reduced its virulence (ability to cause infections).
In another study, people treated with an alternative therapeutic regimen based on garlic, parsley and probiotics showed remarkable improvement and relief from symptoms of UTI, without recurrence for more than a year.
How To Take It
Garlic is best eaten raw to utilize its antibacterial properties to the fullest. The allicin in it is inactive and to convert it into an active form, you must crush the cloves. Here’s how you can use it.
- Crush two cloves and add eight ounces of hot water to make a cup of garlic tea. Steep the tea for 10 minutes. Drink it three times a day to obtain relief from UTI.
- You can also add two to three finely chopped raw garlic cloves to salad dressings, soups and other foods.
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