Scientific: Allium sativum [WikiPedia]
Appearance: Although it is one of the most important ingredients in all of the culinary arts, garlic nevertheless seems to mystify us when it comes to classifying it – is it an herb, spice, or vegetable? The simple answer is that garlic is a member of the onion family, is a bulb consisting of multiple cloves. The primary compound is Allicin, a chemical released when Garlic cloves are chopped, chewed or crushed.
Parts Used: All.
Common Uses: Garlic herb has
impressive antibacterial and antiviral properties. For over 5,000 years,
in numerous cultures including Roman, Greek, Egyptian and Mediterranean
societies, it has proven to be a powerful healing herb able to fight
infections, strengthen the immune system, promote heart health, prevent
cancer and contribute to weight loss.
Garlic is rich in vitamins, nutrients and
antioxidants including Vitamins A, B and C, selenium, potassium,
calcium, zinc and magnesium. Arming the body’s immune defenses through
inciting production of immune cells such as T-lymphocytes and
macrophages, Garlic prevents and fights infections. Antioxidants ward
off free radicals and boost the immune system, helping a wide-range of
conditions that affect the heart, lungs, stomach and skin.
Garlic is also the most debated whole food
supplement in dog food. A search on the internet will provide your with
as many pro as con articles on the inclusion of garlic in the diet.
First, here’s why garlic is such a wonderful plant:
However, garlic is high in sulphur and fructans
(inulin and oligofructose). Fructans can cause digestive upset in dogs
suffering from leaky gut, inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel
syndrome. When undigested fructans ferment in the small intestine, they
cause bloating, gas and constipation. So, the important message here is
that your fur kids digestive system needs to be healthy before you food
In huumans, garlic is great for heart health, helping to:
Garlic has culinary and medicinal purposes, is safe
(in general), affordable and easy to grow. It is a powerful, versatile
herb able to strengthen the immune system, increase heart health,
prevent cancer and treat a number of common conditions such as asthma,
rashes, insect bites, colds and sore throats.
When used in larger doses, no one will argue that
garlic and onions can be toxic to dogs. Yet one must also think about
the potential health risks in fooding smaller amounts. On the other
hand, with many years of safe use behind it, garlic’s universal
acceptance among pet parents, guardians and slaves cannot be ignored. Be
sure to consider the pros and the cons of fooding garlic on a daily
basis when deciding to include garlic in the diet.
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PLEASE NOTE that herbal and
other natural products can harm your animals – not all plants are safe
and gentle! Do not attempt using any of the ingredients listed, or any
other plant matter, without the guidance of a qualified herbalist.
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