Garlic is a medicinal food that has been used for thousands of years. Its many known health benefits include helping to prevent or reduce atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries due to plaque buildup that can lead to a stroke or heart attack. This root herb also has antiviral, antibacterial and anti-parasitic properties, which help to remove toxins, pathogens and parasites from the digestive tract, particularly from the colon of the large intestine. Garlic acts as an antioxidant helping to reduce inflammation and to cleanse the colon for improved digestion, absorption of food nutrients and elimination of wastes and toxins. Consult with your doctor before you undertake a cleanse.
Purchase garlic supplements from a health food store which are standardized to contain 0.6 percent of the active ingredient allicin or 1.3 percent alliin. Take two 200 mg tablets of garlic supplements up to three times a day. Take the supplement with water before a meal. Continue as recommended on the product label.
Take a total of 600 to 1,200 mg of aged garlic extract in two to three divided doses per day. Or consume 0.03 to 0.12 ml of garlic oil three times a day. Garlic oil can also be added to stews, sauces and salad dressings for its colon cleansing benefits.
Take fresh raw garlic cloves as a health food supplement. Peel and mince or chop two to four cloves and take up to 4 g the fresh, minced garlic each day. Add to foods or combine with a spoonful of honey and swallow as a tincture to cleanse the colon.
Wash and peel four to five fresh, whole garlic cloves. Add the cloves to a bottle of olive oil and let sit in a cool place for two to three days. Use the garlic-infused oil in foods to benefit from the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of both the olive oil and garlic.