Does garlic kill probiotics? Unfortunately, most people believe so, but in reality, it’s the absolute opposite!
Here is the truth:
Garlic is not only very beneficial for probiotics and for your gastrointestinal health in general, but it has been scientifically proven to be extremely efficient at increasing the number of good bacteria in your colon and for also getting rid of different fungi and bad bacteria that are probably causing you so many troubles and problems.
Three years ago, my wife used to suffer from terrible candida, which is a caused by fungus problem that takes origin in the colon, after taking many supplements and antibiotics, her problems still persisted, and lo and behold, when she started taking garlic on a daily basis, her issues simply vanished and now, she has zero problem with candida or other gastrointestinal issues!
This is an example from my own life, I know this because I was the one who told my wife to start consuming garlic on a daily basis, and I know what I’m talking about.
Fast forward, seven months ago, I was at a party, I had lots of fish and I may have caught something bad there, anyway, I kept having diarrhea at least four times a day for almost three months, my bowel movements were extremely irregular and I felt horrible every single day, in fact, I had terrible energy.
When I consulted my doctor, he told me that I probably had parasites in my intestines!
I was extremely terrified, and I feared it was something much worse!
And that’s when I remembered what I told my wife, to use garlic to clear her intestines from bad bacteria or parasites!
I immediately went to my house and started consuming raw garlic, at least three cloves a day, and soon, after just three days, my problem disappeared!
When I came back to my doctor and did the essential blood work and analysis, he simply couldn’t believe that I was in pain just seven days ago, he kept asking me about garlic and where I have gotten the idea to use it.
However, if you are wondering whether garlic kills probiotics or not, you should understand that in vitro studies have shown a clear yes, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25099661
Garlic was responsible for prohibiting the proliferation of certain strains of probiotics, however, what you need to understand is that in vitro studies are not the real thing; in fact, in vivo studies are the ones you should focus on because they tell a different story.
The truth is that consuming garlic, with a healthy diet, is going to increase your probiotic population dramatically.
So, does garlic kill probiotics?
The answer is yes, in vivo studies have shown a slight decrease in some strands of probiotics, however, in vivo studies have shown an increase in gut bacteria and flora, the good ones.
And please, always have this in mind:
When you have diarrhea, take two minced garlic cloves, then, after just one hour, your problem is going to stop and you will feel great again!
In fact, I believe that the main thing which destroys our probiotic population is our bad diets; we tend to eat too much saturated fats, too much processed foods and lots of animal foods as well!
You need to eat as much fiber rich foods as possible in your diet, they are the ones which are going to promote healthy probiotic proliferation in your gut and will also increase your energy levels while giving you the necessary protection for your immune system and your whole body as well.
Please, if you have a question concerning whether garlic kills probiotics or not, don’t hesitate to ask me, I will be very happy to help you.