Using Garlic as a Natural Remedy for Yeast Infections
Posted Nov 13 2009 6:20am
Whenever we have health problems we usually look for a quick solution. It's very easy to rush off to the chemist or drugstore and pick up a medicine that will do the trick. Although this may make you better for a short time the problem with pharmaceuticals is they they don't get to the root of the problem. Garlic one of the oldest known medicinal plants is a natural antifungal so let's have a look at how it can help fight off your yeast infection. People have been eating garlic for thousands of years for its healing properties as well as its taste. Although some people tend to avoid garlic and because they don't want garlic breath it is actually very good for you. Reliable scientific studies have proven it has a significant number of health benefits. Eating a fresh clove of garlic or two every day can have amazing effects on your health besides curing a yeast infection.
Here are some of its known benefits:
Has anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.
Dramatically reduce yeast infections due to Candida albicans.
Can detox toxic metals - metals attach to the sulfur compounds and are eliminated
Garlic sulfur compounds helps the liver break down cancer causing chemicals
Lowers blood pressure a little.
Lowers LDL Cholesterol a little.
Helps reduce build up of arterial plaque
Lowers or helps to regulate blood sugar.
Helps to prevent blood clots from forming, thus reducing the possibility of strokes and thromboses.
Helps to prevent cancer, especially of the digestive system, prevents certain tumors from growing larger and reduces the size of certain tumors.
Is a potent natural antibiotic if used raw and can still kill some strains of bacteria that have become immune or resistant to modern antibiotics.
Has anti-oxidant properties and is a source of selenium.
So, what is it about garlic that makes it such a boon to our health?
Garlic (Allium sativum) contains a large number of sulphur containing compounds that exhibit potent anti-fungal properties. Among the most studied are allicin, alliin, alliinase and S-allylcysteine. Some studies have found garlic to be at least as effective as Nystatin, an antifungal medicine, in killing Candida Albicans, one common type of yeast that causes a yeast infection when it gets out of control.
When cloves of garlic are chewed, crushed or cut, they release these sulfur-bearing compounds that have potent anti-fungal properties. One of them, known as allicin, is the chemical that gives garlic its pungent taste and smell. And it's the allicin that scientists have discovered is the magic ingredient thought to be responsible for garlic's therapeutic qualities.The finer the chopping and the more intensive the crushing, the more allicin is generated and the stronger the medicinal effect. Use garlic fresh for best results.
Eat it raw for best effect
Allicin starts to degrade immediately after it is produced and its effectiveness decreases over time. Cooking speeds up this degradation and microwaving will totally destroy allicin. So for the most powerful medicinal effect, crush raw garlic and combine with the cooked food shortly before serving.
For intestinal Candida you can add 6 cloves of raw garlic a day to your food. If you don't like the taste try disguising it in a green smoothie with 1 teaspoon of powdered kelp added. Garlic can irritate your digestive system if have a very sensitive one so start with 1 clove a day and increase gradually.
Garlic for vaginal yeast
If you are dealing with a vaginal yeast infection, you may actually be able to give yourself a little bit of immediate relief by inserting a garlic capsule directly into the vagina. You would need to make sure that it is all natural because you would not want to irritate this sensitive area with chemicals. Most people experience immediate relief from the itching and burning of a yeast infection whenever they do this.
Combined with the usual anticandida diet garlic is a very useful natural health remedy for yeast infections. If you are searching for the truth about Candida and alternative health and are ready to make some lifestyle changes that are necessary to achieve freedom from yeast infections you will find "Yeast Infection No More" to be one of the best complete guides you ever saw.