by William Clearfield, D.O. for Longevinex


Who isn’t intrigued by the idea of a herbaceous plant that enhances the flavors of sauces, dressings, soups, stews, and countless recipes worldwide and boasts an impressive array of medicinal properties? Would you, do you, ever include this universally loved ingredient that is a staple in nearly every kitchen pantry from Reno, Nevada, USA, to Reno, New South Wales, Australia, to Reno, Lombardia, Italy, to Reno, Jawa Timur, Indonesia, to the tomb of King Tutankhamen (King Tut!) the Pharaoh between 1332-1323 BCE? (1)

Enjoyed everywhere for its pungent aroma when eaten raw and sweet when cooked, our “mystery” vegetable, whether minced, crushed, roasted, or boiled as a whole clove, is in over 6,700 recipes on alone.

Yes, sports fans, we are talking about garlic, the healthy alternative to salt. (2)

Still, waiting to be impressed? What if I told you that garlic, aptly nicknamed the “stinking rose,” possesses healing benefits ranging from cardiovascular well-being to immune enhancement, to increased strength, energy, weight management, skin health, cancer prevention aid, is an aphrodisiac, alleviates worms, the common cold and even “wards off devils, werewolves, ‘the evil eye,’ and vampires?” (3)

Allicin: The Key to Garlic’s Success

Garlic is grown by separating individual cloves from a complete bulb. When planted, each clove expands in the soil to create a new bulb containing 5 to 10 cloves. (4)

In clove form, garlic is relatively odorless. Inside each cell wall of a garlic clove is an unscented molecule called aliin. Once ruptured, alliin interacts with an enzyme in the outer cell wall membrane, alliinase causing numerous chemical outcomes.

The road to garlic nirvana lies somewhere in the time-space continuum between the unadulterated whole, odorless, buttery-flavored clove, and, as we slice the clove into finer and finer pieces, released is the increasingly odiferous, pungent garlicky aroma.

There is crying in garlic preparation. (Or is that onions?)

The type of allicin produced from this manipulation of the garlic plant determines its use as a condiment or its medicinal properties.

Cooking unpeeled, uncrushed garlic, for example, for 60 seconds in a microwave oven or 45 minutes in a conventional oven, destroys the therapeutic components of the alliin-alliinase enzyme reaction. (6-7) The lost protective effects of cooking garlic are partially preserved by letting it stand in its form (i.e., crushed, minced, etc.) for ten minutes before cooking. (8)

Powdered garlic extracts from fresh, crushed cloves, delivered in a buffered coating, trigger a transient production of hydrogen sulfide gas and nitric oxide gas, which dilate blood vessels and improve blood circulation. Combined with other ingredients, we can deliver a practical, high-quality, odorless garlic supplement in capsule form.

Garlic cloves incubated in ethanol and water for up to 20 months are marked as aged garlic extracts (AGE). Aged garlic extracts do not contain garlic’s main ingredient, pure allicin. Instead, AGE converts to allyl sulfides, rendering them useful as blood thinners or lowering cholesterol-lowering agents only.

Allicin content tips the scale toward our favored garlic extracts in place of AGE. In addition to the properties exhibited by the AGE extracts noted above, allicin-containing products:

  1. Inhibit the growth of several strains of bacteria, including Antibiotic-resistant strains, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), without developing the risk of antibiotic resistance. (10)
  2. Inhibit the growth of Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria associated with stomach ulcers and gastric cancer. The extract reduces the activity of bacterial enzymes that break down urea, which is necessary for H. pylori survival. (11)
  3. Promote cardiovascular health by reducing cholesterol levels, lowering blood pressure, and preventing the formation of blood clots. (12)
  4. Exhibit anti-inflammatory activity. (13)
  5. Act as an antioxidant. Allicin protects the body from harmful free radicals and reduces oxidative stress associated with chronic diseases. (14)
  6. Boost the immune system: Allicin strengthens the immune system, enhances the body’s ability to defend against pathogens, and reduces the frequency of infections. (15)
  7. Aid in cancer prevention: Allicin potentially inhibits the growth of cancer cells. (16)
  8. Improve digestion: Allicin stimulates the production of digestive enzymes and promotes healthy gut microbiota. (17)
  9. Exhibit anti-hypertensive effects: Allicin is a natural alternative to pharmaceutical medications to lower blood pressure levels by 10 mm systolic and 8 mm diastolic. Sulfur deficiency plays a part in the etiology of hypertension. Allicin is a sulfur-replacement supplement.
  10. Possess Anti-Thrombotic Properties: Allicin inhibits platelet aggregation, preventing the formation of dangerous blood clots that can lead to cardiovascular events like strokes or heart attacks. (19)
  11. Aids Respiratory Health: Allicin’s antimicrobial and expectorant properties make it beneficial for respiratory health, helping to alleviate symptoms of common respiratory conditions such as colds, coughs, and bronchitis. (20)
  12. Exhibit Anti-Diabetic Effects: Allicin assists in regulating blood sugar levels. (21)
  13. Acts as a natural pain reliever: Allicin possesses analgesic properties to alleviate pain associated with conditions such as toothaches and sore throats. (22)
  14. Improves skin health: Allicin’s antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects improve skin health by combating acne-causing bacteria and reducing inflammation. (23)
  15. Supports Weight Management: Allicin supports weight loss by increasing metabolism and promoting fat burning. (24)
  16. Is neuroprotective: Allicin has neuroprotective properties, potentially benefiting cognitive function and reducing the risk of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. (25)

How to Choose a Garlic Supplement-Allicin’s 4 “Roommates”

With hundreds of garlic supplements available, how do we decide what ingredients give us the most “bang for our buck?” Which synergistic with allicin items promote cardiovascular, immune, antiinflammatory, and antioxidant activity?

Found in whole grains, legumes, nuts, and rice bran, IP6 (inositol hexaphosphate) naturally complements allicin. IP6’s phytate, salt form, is the primary storage matter of phosphorus in plants. (26)

IP6, also known as rice bran phytate, inhibits cholesterol absorption in the gut, lowering LDL (“bad” cholesterol) by an average of 6.91 mg/dL. For every 1 mg/dL drop in LDL cholesterol, cardiac disease risk decreases by 1-2%. Rice bran phytate reduces the risk of high-fat diet-induced hyperglycemia. (27-28)

IP6 disrupts cell wall membranes, bollixing the enzymatic activity of foodborne pathogens Salmonella, Escherichia coli, and Listeria monocytogenes. (29) IP6’s antibacterial activity extends to Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains, notorious for being resistant to many commonly used antibiotics. (30)

Consisting of various compounds, including gingerol, shogaol, and zingerone, ginger, similar to IP6, inhibits bacterial enzymes and destroys the cell walls of Salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus, and Candida albicans. (31)

Medicinal uses for ginger include alleviating nausea, arthritis, and pain. (32)

Rounding out our “must have spice” antimicrobials, allspice and clove contain eugenol, a clear to pale yellow liquid with an oily consistency and a spicy aroma. (33)

Eugenol is an antioxidant, analgesic, antimutagenic, anti-platelet, antiallergic, anti-swelling, and anti-inflammatory agent. (34) Eugenol disrupts bacterial cell membranes and enzymes, making it an effective antimicrobial. (35) Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, fungi, and parasites, including Giardia lamblia, Fasciola gigantica, and Haemonchus contortus, are susceptible to Eugenol in solution. (36) Eugenol protects the liver when exposed to carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) (37)

Now that all the factors are on the table, which preparation has it all? Who makes the “Cadillac” of garlic products? Whom can we trust? We want the best product at the lowest price. We know it’s a jungle in supplement land. Which company has delivered for us in the past? (See articles here, here, here, here, and here.)

Resveratrol Partners LLC, creators of Longevinex (38), the ultimate anti-aging and anti-inflammatory supplement – has done it again.

Using a patented AlkemyTM buffered garlic delivery system, Garlinex contains natural enzyme-activated allicin, IP6, proprietary ginger, allspice, and clove blend with added calcium and magnesium.

The allicin in Garlinex is strongly anti-germicidal. (39) The three antimicrobial herbs – allspice, cloves, ginger, and the IP6 rice bran extract- activate the Nrf2 genetic pathway, producing natural internal antioxidants glutathione, catalase, and superoxide dismutase. (39)

The buffered garlic powder in Garlinex triggers a transient production of hydrogen sulfide and nitric oxide gas, resulting in dilated blood vessels, improved blood circulation, and improved blood pressure. (41)

Encapsulated in vegicaps, Garlinex is an all-natural, no artificial filler or inactive ingredient product. It is free from GMOs, gluten, and artificial colors. Hermetically sealed to optimize shelf life and produced in the USA under Good Manufacturing Processes, Garlinex is THE comprehensive supplement designed to support cardiovascular, digestive, and immune health. (42)

Dose: Take 1 500mg capsule dosage twice daily with a meal (to reduce the risk of GI upset.).

Side Effects-Minimal episodes of Bad breath, dizziness, nausea, and upset stomach.


Garlinex’s Alkemy buffered garlic delivery system is ideal for older adults looking to promote cardiovascular health and overall well-being. It is a safe, natural supplement with immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer benefits. Garlinex’s proprietary formula delivers bioavailable allicin, making it a potent option, along with a healthy diet and regular exercise regimen to maintain health and vitality.


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