Lyme disease treatment can be a long and difficult road. Only a few Lyme specialists exist in the world, which goes some way toward explaining why instances of misdiagnosis surrounding the disorder are so high. Lyme disease is known as ‘the Great Imitator’, because its symptoms are nonspecific and have a tendency to mimic other chronic disorders. However, it is the lack of education surrounding Lyme that is as much to blame as any inherent traits in the disease itself. Even with a successful diagnosis, treatment can be a long and hard road. There is no sure-fire strategy as the disease affects each individual differently. You’re fighting a multi-pronged battle – especially when it comes to the chronic form of the disorder. Nutrition is one way of fighting back against debilitating symptoms, with certain foods aiding in treatment. So can garlic help treat Lyme disease?
Chronic Lyme can’t be treated solely with antibiotics. That approach only works in the acute stages of the disease, in the weeks following the offending tick bite. At this time, the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria operates much like any other pathogen, and the body responds accordingly. Fever, headache, chills, fatigue and generalised pain are all common, and often they’re not even that severe. This is part of Lyme’s insidious nature; unless the tick bite is noticed, or the distinctive bullseye rash is visible at the sight of the bite, many people will write off the acute symptoms as merely a bout of flu. This allows the disease to recede and re-emerge at a later date in the chronic form.
Chronic Lyme adds inflammation symptoms into the mix, which are due to a malfunctioning immune system. The Borrelia bacteria still remains, but it may only be trace amounts; either way, it is enough to trigger the immune response, which aggressively overcompensates. Some of the most prominent and oft-reported symptoms of chronic Lyme, namely joint and muscle pain and constant fatigue, can be ascribed to this haywire immune reaction. Though it was discovered in 1975 in North-eastern America, chronic Lyme disease has yet to be fully legitimised by most official bodies. This compounds the difficulty in treating the disease effectively.
Antibiotics won’t have any effect whatsoever on an immune response. To curtail all the symptoms of Lyme, both infection and inflammation symptoms have to be tackled simultaneously. Nutrition can play a vital part in this treatment path, and different foods can perform an important role in curtailing inflammation-based issues. Garlic and Lyme disease treatment wouldn’t be the first combination most people consider, but garlic is a particularly beneficial food. It carries a long list of advantages for us, whether we’re sick or not. These include immune function boost, blood pressure reduction, improved cholesterol levels and antioxidant provision, among other things.
A recent study demonstrated that garlic oil in particular could be an effective combater of Lyme. The oil could be useful in alleviating Lyme symptoms that persist despite antibiotic treatment attempts – in other words, garlic oil might very well be useful in chronic Lyme treatment. In the tests, garlic oil, among four other essential oils, successfully eradicated all stationary Lyme bacteria in their culture dishes within the week, with no additional bacteria growing back within 21 days. But just how effective essential oils like garlic can be in combating Lyme disease, we simply don’t know. These tests, published late last year, represent the first step in a significant amount of research that still needs to be conducted. Like much of our limited knowledge surrounding Lyme disease, it remains the tip of the iceberg.
Make Well has long been a proponent of nutrition-based Lyme disease treatment. Their all-natural supplement products are designed to support the treatment of chronic diseases like Lyme. Three of their products in particular utilise garlic in two different forms. The first two, TBB plus and MRG plus, are specifically intended for tick-borne and parasitic diseases. Garlic is an essential ingredient in these supplements. The key ingredient of garlic, the sulfur compound allicin, is used for its antibacterial effect, especially within the digestive system. The foundation of a strong immune system is found within the gut; if something is off with your immune response, something is almost definitely out of balance in your stomach. In addition, recent studies have confirmed the cancer-inhibiting properties of allicin.
The third product is DTC plus; again, it is directed at Lyme patients with the intention of supporting detoxification. This supplement utilises wild garlic as an ingredient. The leaves of this plant contain high vitamin, mineral and trace element content. Wild garlic is also rich in alliin, which combines with the enzyme alliinase to produce allicin – the beneficial properties of which are covered above. But that’s not all! Thanks to its high vitamin C levels and sulfur and chlorophyll content, wild garlic can also play a supportive role in the detoxification of the body, particularly in respect to toxins and carcinogenic substances. All in all, garlic can play an important role in the battle against chronic Lyme; and the best part is, it’s 100% natural.