Successful clinical use of garlic for treating elevated blood pressure and arteriosclerosis has been known since the early part of this century. It has been reported that regular garlic intake causes both a prolonged lowering of hypertension and an improved sense of well-being in patients. As early as 1928, definite blood pressure decreases were achieved as well as increases in productive heart power with garlic therapy.
ANTIBACTERIAL ACTIVITY OF ALLICIN
The antibacterial properties of crushed garlic have been known for a long time. Various garlic preparations have been shown to exhibit a wide spectrum of antibacterial activity against Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria including species of Escherichia, Salmonella, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Klebsiella, Proteus, Bacillus, and Clostridium. However very few have shown ANY benefit in human studies, until the advent of ALLIMAX®, where published evidence shows significant antibacterial activity. Even acid-fast bacteria such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis are sensitive to allicin as is Helicobacter pylori the cause of gastric ulcers. ALLIMAX® may also prevent the formation of Staphylococcus enterotoxins. Scientists, Cavallito and Bailey were the first to demonstrate that the antibacterial action of garlic is mainly due to allicin. The sensitivity of various bacterial and clinical isolates to pure preparations of allicin is very significant. As shown in table 2. the antibacterial effect of allicin is of a broad spectrum. In most cases the 50% lethal dose concentrations were only slightly higher than those required for some of the newer pharmaceutical antibiotics. Interestingly, various bacterial strains resistant to antibiotics such as methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus as well as other multidrugresistant enterotoxicogenic strains of Escherichia coli, Enterococcus and Shigella dysenteriae were all found to be sensitive to allicin.
A double blind placebo controlled trial using ALLIMAX® has reported that allicin can reduce the occurrence of the common cold and the number of days needed to recover from symptoms.
Taking too much garlic may hinder blood clotting and it would be sensible for people already on anticoagulants or those about to undergo surgery to advise their medical team before starting therapy with ANY garlic supplement but contrary to popular belief it is not a contra-indication. Garlic can also cause reactions in people who are allergic.
ALLIMAX® is not recommended for children under 3 years of age because they have not yet fully developed their immune system. For children between the age of 3 and 7 years, half the adult dose is suggested (each ALLIMAX® capsule can be easily pulled apart to offer reduced intake). For children over 7 years old the full adult dose is recommended. When increased doses are suggested then anyone over 7 years old can take an increased dose.
SAFETY AND TOXICOLOGY
Government approved tests show that as many as 777 capsules per day could be taken without detrimental effects!