I first learned about Allimed while seeking out a cure for my tough case of Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). Right now, Allimed is the only reliable allicin supplement on the market and could be key for treating a wide range of infections without antibiotics.
If you are thinking of using Allimed as an alternative to antibiotics, here is everything you need to know about it and how to use it.
What Is Allimed?
Allimed is the brand name of an allicin supplement which was developed by chemist Dr. Peter Josling. It has been on the market for over a decade now and it is becoming increasingly popular – especially as we learn more about the risks of using pharmaceutical antibiotics and how they cause gut dysbiosis.
Allimed comes in capsule, liquid, cream, and spray form. For most infections, you’ll probably be using the capsule form of Allimed.
Allimed contains a stabilized, concentrated form of allicin that goes under the trademarked name Allisure AC-23. Each Allimed capsule contains 450mg of Allisure in a vegetarian capsule. The supplement contains absolutely no GMOs, artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or gluten.
What Is Allicin?
Allicin is a compound in garlic which protects the plant from infection and damage. Fresh garlic contains no allicin. However, if the plant is damaged (such as by microbes that would feed on the plant), then its enzyme allinase converts another substance called alliin into allicin. That is why fresh garlic doesn’t have the same potent smell as crushed garlic.
Allicin is associated with numerous health benefits, including:
- Is a very potent antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal.
- Reducing cholesterol
- Reducing high blood pressure
- Boosting immunity
- Reducing inflammation
- Fighting cancer
- Thinning blood
- And more!
If you aren’t familiar with it, read about the health benefits of allicin here.
Traditional Garlic Supplements Don’t Contain Allicin!
There are plenty of garlic supplements on the market, but none of these contain allicin. Instead, the supplements rely on the allicin being produced once you have consumed them.
Unfortunately, allicin cannot be produced in the stomach. This is because allinase (which is necessary for allicin production) is destroyed by the stomach’s acids.
To get around this problem, some garlic supplements use enteric coatings. The idea is that the garlic won’t be released until it reaches the small intestine, which has a lower pH than the stomach. In this case, some allicin will be produced and can get into the body. Unfortunately though, only a small amount of allicin will be produced from the raw garlic. Because allicin has a short half-life and is not very stable, even this allicin won’t be readily absorbed.
What Makes Allimed Different?
Unlike other garlic supplements, Allimed contains a concentrated form of allicin (trademarked under the name Allisure). Allimed doesn’t depend on allicin being produced inside your body because it is allicin.
Even more importantly, the allicin in Allimed is stabilized. It won’t be destroyed by the acids in your GI tract and can actually be absorbed for your body to use.
Allimed has a guaranteed 100% yield of Allisure Allicin extract.
Unlike other allicin supplements, Allimed has actually been scientifically studied to ensure it delivers bioavailable allicin. 5
What Is Allimed Used for?
There are a lot of potential health benefits of taking allicin. However, it is mostly used as a natural alternative to antibiotics. While the FDA still hasn’t approved Allimed for any of these conditions, numerous studies (as talked about here) have shown that allicin may be effective in treating:
- Cold Sores
- Sore Throat
FDA Disclaimer: None of these statements have been approved by the FDA. Always consult your doctor before taking supplements or any other natural remedy!
Why Not Just Take an Antibiotic?
While antibiotics certainly have their place, the sad truth is that we live in a world where antibiotics are over-prescribed. As the CDC reports, 1 out of 3 antibiotics prescribed in the USA is unnecessary!
The overuse of antibiotics is leading to drug-resistant superbugs. I can understand how some people wouldn’t care about this because it seems like a far off problem. But drug resistance is actually a serious problem that has already caused the resurgence of diseases we thought we’d cured.
Impressively, we don’t have this problem with allicin. As Rolf Gordon notes here, allicin is successful in over 90% of cases where antibiotics are no longer effective. And studies like this one show allicin kills drug-resistant strains of E. coli as well as candida, protozoan parasites, and some viruses.
On a more direct, personal note, using antibiotics also kills off the “good” bacteria in our bodies and leads to gut dysbiosis. Gut dysbiosis is linked to numerous diseases including:
- Celiac disease
- Cardiovascular disease
Does Allicin Kill “Good” Bacteria Too?
Here is where things get tricky. Allicin shows “broad spectrum activity,” meaning that it kills off multiple types of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. It is very likely (and shown by some in vitro studies) that allicin will kill off the healthy bacteria in your body too.
However, allicin likely works on many more pathways than traditional antibiotics do. Take this study as an example.
In the study, one group of rats was given the antibiotic gentamicin. Another group was given gentamicin + allicin. The rats who got just gentamicin experienced severe complications such as cellular damage and kidney problems. The rats who also received allicin with the antibiotic fared much better.
The researchers were able to conclude that allicin protected against damage from the antibiotic because of its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory properties.
With that said, most experts (such as this one) do advise you to protect your gut flora while taking Allimed.
- Make sure you aren’t eating sugary foods while taking Allimed as an antibiotic alternative (you shouldn’t be eating sugar anyway!). A lot of experts also recommend taking a probiotic along with allicin to restore any healthy gut bacteria that was killed.
- If you do decide to take a probiotic, make sure to take it about an hour after taking Allimed. This way the allicin won’t kill the bacteria in the probiotic.
If You Are Doing the Elemental Diet while Taking Herbal Antibiotics
An elemental diet is when you (literally) eat nothing but a special nutrient shake. The purpose is to starve the bacteria so they get killed off. There is a lot of debate as to whether it is smart to starve the bacteria because starved bacteria go into “survival mode” and are less responsive to antibiotics.
As talked about here, starved bacteria are able to survive antibiotics because they build up biofilms. While I was doing the elemental diet, I took a biofilm disruptor to make the bacteria more susceptible to the antibiotics. The biofilm disruptor that I took is called Interfase Plus by Klaire Labs.
How to Take Allimed Capsules
How to take Allimed depends on what you are trying to treat. Talk with your practitioner before taking Allimed. These dosages are just meant to be guidelines! And please remember that Allimed has NOT been approved by the FDA for treating any diseases or disorders.
- For supporting general health and wellbeing: Take 1 capsule daily with food
- For treating infections: Take 1 capsule 3 times per day with food
- For tough infections: You can take upwards of 10 capsules of Allimed at one time to eradicate a tough infection. Government-approved tests show that taking as many as 777 capsules per day will not produce detrimental side effects. (Source)
Where to Buy Allimed
As of now, Allimed is the only supplement which contains stabilized allicin. So, while other garlic supplements might write things like “allicin yield” on their labels, Allimed is the only one which is proven to deliver a concentrated amount of pure allicin.
If you are looking for a secure place to buy Allimed, look no further. You can buy 450mg Allimed capsules here and it will be delivered to your address.
Have you ever tried Allimed as a natural remedy? How did it work for you? I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below!