Garlic may have properties that work to relieve symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Garlic contains an odorless substance called allicin that changes to another compound, allicin, when garlic cloves are crushed. Allicin is the main active substance that is responsible for garlic’s odor and health benefits. Because allicin is poorly absorbed, garlic is aged to remove odor and gasiness.
Preliminary scientific evidence suggests that garlic may be helpful for preventing urinary symptoms from an enlarged prostate. A study published in "Nutrition Research" in 2003, showed that men with BPH or prostate cancer who took aged garlic by mouth had significant improvement in urinary symptoms, such as enhanced urinary flow and decreased urinary frequency, after one month of treatment. While the size of the prostate gland was reduced in the BPH group, this did not occur in those with prostate cancer.
Preparations and Dosage
You can buy garlic supplements as dried or freeze-dried garlic, garlic oil and aged garlic extracts. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports daily doses of whole garlic as 2 to 4 g, or about two to four cloves. Aged garlic extract is taken in divided doses of 600 to 1,200 mg per day. Freeze-dried garlic is taken in 400 mg tablets that are standardized to 1.3 percent allicin or 0.6 percent allicin, three times daily.
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Posted by Administrator on 12/1/2015