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  Is odorless garlic okay to take before and/or during pregnancy?

  Garlic is often used as a natural alternative to prevent plaque buildup on the arteries, lower high blood pressure, and reduce coughs, colds, bronchitis, and even pneumonia. Allicin is the active ingredient in garlic.

Garlic is best eaten raw. Although raw garlic is the most potent, most folks who take garlic medicinally take it in supplemental form to avoid garlic's strong odor.

Garlic is considered to have very low toxicity and is listed as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Side effects of garlic supplements include headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, muscle aches, dizziness described as vertigo (feeling as if the room is spinning), and allergies such as an asthmatic reaction or contact dermatitis (skin rash).

Because garlic has blood-thinning properties, there are some individuals with certain medical conditions that should not use garlic supplements or medicinal doses of garlic. Any woman who is already pregnant or trying to conceive should speak with her health care provider before beginning garlic supplementation.

Tanya Jolliffe, BabyFit healthy eating expert


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