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Major therapeutic interest
Preventing and reducing circulatory problems such as high blood pressure, hypercholesterolemia, and hyperlipidemia (excess of lipids in the blood); preventing circulatory/vascular disorders (atherosclerosis) by thinning the blood;
Treating bronchial infections, respiratory infections, colds, flu, and ear infections.
Other therapeutic interest / Traditional Use
Treating athlete's foot (external use);
Reducing the risk of stomach and colon cancer;
Helping to expel digestive tract parasites by acting as a vermifuge.
Breastfeeding (can cause colic in infants);
Gastrointestinal irritation (particularly with raw garlic);
Diabetes: Use carefully, under close medical supervision.
Garlic should be avoided 1 to 2 weeks before or after a surgery due to the risk of bleeding.
Garlic should be avoided following organ or tissue transplants due to a risk of rejection.
Known human interactions
Potentially increases the effect of Coumadin;
Reduces the effect of Fortovase and Invirase.
Known animal interactions
Has a hypoglycemic effect, leading to possible potentiation of the effect of insulin and oral antidiabetic medications (Actos, Diabeta, Diamicron, Avandia, Glucophage, etc.)
May increase the effect of anticoagulants and antithrombotic agents (Coumadin, Lovenox, heparin, etc.), antiplatelet drugs (Plavix, Ticlid), as well as salicylic acid derivatives (acetylsalicylic acid or ASA, aspirin, Entrophen, etc.), and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (Voltaren, Ibuprofen [Advil, Motrin], Naprosyn, etc.);
May reduce effect of Neoral and Sandimmune (immunosuppressors);
May reduce effect of certain HIV medications (Agenerase, Norvir, Viramune, Viracept, Sustiva, Rescriptor);
May alter certain antiarrhythmics/antihypertensives (Cardizem, Isoptin, etc.), and some antitumorals (Vinblastine, Vincristine, Taxol, etc.), fungicides (Nizoral, Sporanox, etc.), oral contraceptives, and many other medications from different categories (Cozaar, Mevacor, Allegra, Alfenta, etc.)
Fresh or dried bulbs
Mix of sulphurous substances (alliin, allicin, ajoene, S-allyl-mercaptocystein, S-allyl-cysteine, allicine); vitamins A, B, and C; selenium.
Allium sativum, Common garlic
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