What is more important in pet health and well-being than nutrition?
One way we can address our pet health is to take interest in feeding proper nutrition combined with exercise-our pet’s emotional health is also very important. Just like humans, the whole animal; meaning, “mind, body & spirit”, is absolutely key when addressing animal health. Did you know that it is entirely possible to alleviate illness through nutrition and even heal both acute and chronic conditions? It is true!
In this article, I will explore one of the most amazing plants known to man on the planet: Garlic.
Many people have discussed their concern on whether to feed garlic or not to feed garlic to their pets. There are differing opinions, but according to Dr. Pitcairn and many other professionals in Animal Nutrition, your pet will benefit greatly from adding garlic to their diet. I have done extensive research to find out what the truth really is and from my findings, Garlic is very good; a very important part of our pet’s diet and should also be seriously considered in our own diet as well.
Does your pet have heart problems and on medication? Always check with your Holistic Veterinarian!
When we think of garlic, the first thing that comes to mind is the smell.
Let us take a few moments to explore the benefits of garlic and you may be pleasantly surprised!
Botanical Name: Allium sativum
Plant Family: Lilliceae
Common Names : clove garlic, poor man’s treacle
Origin: Garlic is a perennial bulb, thought to be indigenous to Central Asia, Siberia and west of the Himalayas.
It has been grown in England from 1540. It is now widely cultivated all over the world.
Garlic is a member of the onion family and is one of nature’s most versatile medicinal plants.
History of Garlic: Garlic has been prized since the first records of civilization and has been used all over the world for thousands of years for a wide range of conditions. Garlic is used as a traditional dietary supplement for diabetes in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The name Garlic is from Anglo-Saxon origins from gar, meaning “a spear” and Lac, “a plant”: referring to the shape of the leaves. The ancient Egyptians used garlic for sustaining health. In France, during the 1700’s, gravediggers drank a concoction of crushed garlic in wine, which they believed would protect them from getting “the plague” that killed many people in Europe. It was crushed and placed on wounds to stop them from going septic and to prevent gangrene during both World Wars of the 20th Century.
Medicinal Parts Used: Fresh bulbs, dried bulbs and garlic oil
Garlic Bulbs: Alliin—is an odorless, sulfur-containing chemical derived from the amino acid, cysteine. When garlic bulbs are crushed, Alliin is converted into another compound called, Allicin. Allicin is further broken down to a compound, called, Ajoene, which may be the substance that inhibits blockage in blood vessels from clots and atherosclerosis.
Allicin (released when the garlic is crushed) an amino acid which gives garlic it’s strong odor and is responsible for the powerful pharmacological properties of the plant, which are: germanium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, vitamins A & C, and the volatile oil, of which about 0.5% is composed of sulfur-containing compounds
Action of Garlic:
- Anathematic: an agent that destroys or expels intestinal worms and/or parasites; vermicide; vermifuge
- Anti-bacterial: an agent that destroys bacteria, bactericide
- Anti-biotic: an agent that destroys or stops the growth of micro-organisms, a powerful natural antibiotic which does not destroy the body’s natural flora
- Anti-cancerous activities
- Anti-coagulant: an agent that prevents the formation of clots in a liquid, as in blood
- Anti-oxidant: contributing to the oxidation of free radicals which are believed to contribute to premature aging and dementia-very potent one
- Anti-septic: an agent for inhibiting the growth of microorganism on living tissue or destroying pathogenic or putrefactive bacteria
- Anti-spasmodic: an agent which relieves or eases muscular spasms, cramps or convulsions
- Anti-tumor: inhibits the growth of tumor cell formation
- Anti-viral: an agent that destroys viruses
- Blood thinner
- Carminative: an agent for easing griping pains, colic and expelling gas from the intestines
- Cholagogue: an agent for increasing the flow of bile into the intestines
- Diaphoretic: an agent that promotes perspiration
- Digestive: aids the digestive system
- Expectorant: an agent that promotes the discharge of mucous and secretions from the respiratory passages
- Febrifuge: an agent that reduces or eliminates fevers
- Stimulant: an agent that excites or quickens the functional activity of the tissues giving more energy
- Stomachic: an agent that strengthens, stimulates or tones the stomach
Garlic is used for:Bacterial and viral infections as it fights bacteria like an antibiotic, inhibits the growth of different species of bacteria, stimulates the growth of healthy bacteria in the system and viruses. Garlic is reported to be more effective than penicillin against the organisms responsible for cholera, dysentery, and enteritis, paratyphoid disease, putrefactive intestinal bacteria, streptococcus and staphylococcus bacteria & typhus disease. One medium clove of garlic can equal the antibacterial action equivalent to 1% penicillin in these conditions: blood, brain & nervous conditions; epilepsy & hysteria, cardiovascular, ear immune system, inflammatory, liver, metabolic parasitic, respiratory tract, skin, cancers and tumors.This information is pertinent to humans, but also carries these qualities in treating the horse and the hound. Any way that you slice it, Garlic is our friend!
Are you interested in adding garlic to your dog’s diet? I did! Simply crush a clove of garlic into a small amount of tamari soy sauce. Let it sit about ten minutes, then remove the garlic. Use about 1/8 teaspoon to each cup of food.
Another option is to sprinkle garlic powder, not salt, on the food at feeding time, enough to taste and mix together.
To help with Garlic breath, you can sprinkle parsley on the food as well! Bon Apetit!
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