Monday, February 7, 2011
Garlic: Not Just for Scaring Off Vampires
I found this book at a Thrift Store called Food Your Miracle Medicine: How Food Can Prevent and Cure Over 100 Symptoms and Problems, in it there was a section on colds so I thought if any of you all think you're coming down with something this cold be an easy and cheap remedy: garlic.
According to the book, "Dr. North found that garlic extract killed nearly 100 percent of both a human rhinovirus which causes colds and parainfluenza 3, a flu and respiratory virus."
(Dr. North is a chief microbiologist at Brigham Young University)
They suggested eating several cloves (2-4) of raw garlic at the first onset of symptoms--cut them into chunks and swallow like whole pills.
They also suggested that if you're a person prone to infections to eat 1-2 cloves a day to keep them at bay.
I don't know how accurate this is--but it seems safer, cheaper, and healthier than downing a bunch of pills for a week. I'm making Ryan try it. I'll keep you updated.