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Garlic and the Heart

fresh purple hull garlic for heart healthGarlic is reported to be beneficial in preventing blood clots. Ingestion of this herb may well be one of the most cost effective and simple ways to aid our blood circulation.
As a nation full of walking, jogging and cycling enthusiasts, we seem to be more conscious of the need to exercise daily to benefit the heart and blood flow. But in many cases good circulation does not exist due to arteries that have become narrowed and encrusted with fatty plaque deposits at key points, which can cause blood clots to form spontaneously. If clots should break away and travel to the heart……., well, you know the rest of the story.

On a happier note, when there is a healthy level of fibrinolytic activity in the blood, our chances for a longer and better quality of life are increased.

The word fibrinolytic refers to the splitting up of fibrin, a white filamentous protein formed by the action of thrombin on fibrinogen. The conversion of fibrinogen, a hydrosol, is the basic principle for the clotting of the blood. This was a test question on the Medical Laboratory Technologist Board Exam taken by yours truly, in my previous life, and I got it right! Fibrin is deposited as fine interlacing filaments in which red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets are entangled, subsequently forming a clot.

Naturally, when we cut ourselves, we want fibrin to perform its clotting function unhampered; however, people with atherosclerotic heart disease are disadvantaged due
to narrowed, plaque encrusted arteries.

Obviously, there are many things we can incorporate into our daily lives, such as a fat free or fat reduced diet and exercise, but garlic should be high on the list as well, says Dr. Wang, our wise friend, acupuncturist and retired orthopedic surgeon.

Dr. Wang recommends raw, purple hull garlic (purple means it is fresh) taken daily in specific amounts for the heart, but also as a natural antibiotic. Yes, raw garlic can awaken our olfactory nerves, but for many it is worth it. Garlic oil capsules are available but most herbalists agree that fresh raw garlic is much more effective in promoting and maintaining cleared arteries and unhampered blood flow.

Most important of all, you don’t have to wait until you suffer a heart attack to take advantage of this wonderful herb. You can begin tonight, with dinner. By the way, what time is dinner?

Nancy Shores, MLT, LMT, Esthetician

Author’s note: Garlic is known to be a safe anti-clotting agent, but depending on your specific health condition and medical history, you should seek professional medical guidance before ingesting garlic for medicinal purposes.

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