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Garlic and Your Health

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Garlic (allium sativum) is packed full of health-promoting power. It's famous for being one of our most powerful natural health allies. It can be used in poultices and teas or in direct applications. Or you can enjoy more of it in all your favorite foods. In fact, nearly everyone would benefit from a generous boost of garlic in the daily diet, because it...

  • is a potent antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal and immune-boosting herb
  • can be used to treat wounds, infections and sties
  • improves circulation
  • treats ulcers
  • attacks cold germs and flu viruses
  • prevents and treats respiratory and throat problems, such as chronic bronchitis, sinusitis, sore throat, tonsillitis and pneumocystis pneumonia
  • alleviates allergy symptoms
  • retards inflammatory reactions
  • can be used directly to treat burns and insect bites and stings
  • treats earaches and ear infections
  • helps prevent altitude sickness
  • is effective at treating breastfeeding- related mastitis with the added bonus of not introducing antibiotics into baby's milk
  • helps babies nurse better
  • reduces high cholesterol levels
  • helps control blood sugar levels
  • lowers high blood pressure
  • helps prevent ischemic stroke (If you're concerned about hemorrhagic stroke, avoid anti-clotting herbs.)
  • helps prevent heart disease and heart attacks
  • helps prevent angina and congestive heart failure
  • reduces ventricular tachycardia and fibrillation of cardiac arrhythmia
  • treats athlete's foot and other fungal infections
  • treats vaginal yeast infections (candidiasis) , thrush and vaginitis
  • helps prevent some types of cancer
  • helps prevent migraines
  • helps treat both types of herpes virus
  • treats pinworms, roundworms, giardia (an amoeba) and other parasitic infections
  • contains more blood-thinnning anticoagulants (9) than any other herb
  • may help slow physiological aging and age-related memory loss
  • helps prevent opportunistic infections of AIDS, and may inhibit spread of HIV in the body
  • helps reduce the leg pain associated with peripheral vascular disease
  • fights tuberculosis and enhances the action of standard antibiotics in fighting off tuberculosis bacteria

Orange juice weakens teeth enamel

ACIDIC fruit juice such as orange juice could be worse for your teeth than whitening, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Dentistry.

A research team from the Eastman Institute for Oral Health of the University of Rochester Medical Centre used a new focusvariation vertical scanning microscope to compare the effects of acid on tooth enamel with the effects of 6% hydrogen peroxide, the common ingredient in overthe- counter teeth whitening agents.

The study found that the acid from fruit juice changes the hardness and enamel of teeth significantly more than whitening agents.

"The acid is so strong that the tooth is literally washed away," said Yan Fang Ren, who led the research. "The orange juice decreased enamel hardnessby 84%."

Juices and sodas have long been known to have high acidic content, which can affect enamel hardness and cause tooth erosion.

Weakened enamel accelerates degeneration of the tooth and increases the risk of tooth decay. Whitening has also been shown to affect the hardness of teeth, but this is the first study to compare the two.

"Most soft drinks, including sodas and fruit juices, are acidic in nature," Yan said.

"Our studies demonstrated that orange juice, as an example, can npotentially cause signifi cant erosion of teeth."

He added that drinking sodas and juices daily could heighten the risk of tooth erosion.

The study also found that the longer teeth are in contact with the acid, the more severe the erosion will be.

"People who sip their drinks slowly over 20 minutes are more likely to have tooth erosion than those who finish a drink quickly," the report stated. – AFP-Relaxnews