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Dr. John W Phelts, DC helps many people who have immune system challenges. Many come to him at his New York, NY office seeking natural alternatives for resolving infections. Garlic is one of many remedies that he recommends to support the immune system.
Garlic contains over 200 phytochemicals that possess antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. Garlic contains an abundance of sulfur, and it is sulfur compounds that give it its immune assisting abilities. These compounds are known as allicin, alliin, and ajoene.
Raw garlic is best for maximums potency. Be aware that the potency of garlic supplements (powder, capsule, extract or oil) can vary widely because allicin (the active ingredient) is very sensitive to methods of preparation. Many manufacturers age garlic to reduce its odor, but this also reduces the allicin present and compromises the strength of the product. Therefore, avoid odorless garlic supplements.
Though generally safe for most people, taking a garlic supplement can cause heartburn, upset stomach, an allergic reaction, and breath and body odor (common with raw garlic). Garlic should not be taken by persons who are preparing for surgery or who have bleeding disorders because it can impair the body's ability to form blood clots.
Dr. Phelts can help you determine which formula works for your health and wellness needs. He performs a simple test to determine if garlic is an appropriate medicine for you.