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Garlic, a perennial plant, is a member of the amaryllis family, along with the onion, leek and shallot. With a legendary history as a food and medicine, garlic is grown throughout the world. Herbal preparations of garlic are derived from the whole fresh bulb of the plant, the dried bulb, or extracted oil.
Herbal garlic preparations can be used to help treat:
- age-related impairment of blood flow
- abnormal thickening and hardening of the walls of the arteries (arteriosclerosis)
- upper-respiratory infections
Garlic is available in a variety of product types. The recommended daily dose of garlic is 1,200 or 2,400 milligrams of garlic powder or the equivalent of four grams of fresh garlic. Use of garlic can be ongoing.
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