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I read on allicin.com that raw garlic has absolutely no health benefits whatsoever as stomach acids totally destroy them. Any insights?

Answered on October 11, 2013
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I read on allicin.com that raw garlic has absolutely no health benefits whatsoever as stomach acids totally destroy them. Any insights?

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on October 11, 2013
at 07:33 PM

The same goes for minute concentrations of synthetic compounds - tiny amounts are going to muck up things!

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on October 11, 2013
at 07:29 PM

Biology works at such low concentration in such subtle ways. To dismiss plant compounds because we can live without them doesn't mean they aren't optimal. They may very well be essential for optimal health.

I came to this conclusion listening to a talk about algal byproducts affecting proto-jellyfish development. Attomolar (a concentration roughly equivalent to 1 grain of salt in a 100-yard cube of water). Plant compounds are at micromolar to picomolar concentrations in our diet - they should be doing something biologically.

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on October 11, 2013
at 05:55 PM

Matt, I'm curious what you mean. Do certain plants have special awesome properties? Should we eat Wahlian portions and proportions of veggies? I ask because I have great respect for you.

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on October 10, 2013
at 09:57 PM

Always thought Dr. Harris missed the mark with that blog entry.

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on October 10, 2013
at 08:04 PM

That's probably correct.

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on October 11, 2013
at 08:20 PM

When I was a kid my mom would have me swallow a clove of garlic if she thought I was catching a cold. The really cool part was I never did catch that cold either.

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on October 10, 2013
at 09:29 PM

I have always wondered whether garlic's health benefits are simply due to its having both antibiotic compounds, and good amounts of undigestible sugars. In one shot, you kill bad bacteria in your gut and feed the good ones.

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on October 10, 2013
at 08:23 PM

This was a roundabout way to answer my question but anyway, you're a funny,funny man!

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on October 10, 2013
at 08:00 PM

1. There are no magic plants. (Magic pants maybe...)

http://www.archevore.com/panu-weblog/2009/11/10/plants-and-plant-compounds-are-not-essential-or-magic.html

2. Garlic is a terrific source of certain vitamins and minerals. It has good amounts of vitamin C, B6, manganese, calcium and selenium to name a few.

3. It makes food delish! Seriously, garlic and onions make life worth living...

4. It does have a lousy n3/n6 ratio, but you weren't going to eat 100 grams of it at once were you? Okay, maybe at the Los Angeles Garlic Festival. You could smell that festival all the way across town. Garlic ice cream... but I digress.

5. Don't buy into stupid scams like acai/resveratrol/garlic/etc.

6. Do buy into this stupid paleo scam. Oh wait a second... Paleo is a nice idea, just keep your brain in your head and remain skeptical. Or, if you are in England, remain sceptical.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on October 10, 2013
at 09:57 PM

Always thought Dr. Harris missed the mark with that blog entry.

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on October 11, 2013
at 05:55 PM

Matt, I'm curious what you mean. Do certain plants have special awesome properties? Should we eat Wahlian portions and proportions of veggies? I ask because I have great respect for you.

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