Garlic is an herb well known for giving food a wonderful flavor. It was used at the start of recorded history about 5,000 years ago and was the earliest documented plant for its health benefits and use as medicine. Garlic was found in ancient Greek temples and Egyptian pyramids. Ancient medical records were also uncovered in Rome, China and India. In ancient Egypt, garlic was a part of their daily diet to maintain their strength. The ancient Greeks made it part of their military’s diet to give them more courage. Garlic was used as food preservative and to improve male potency in ancient Japan and China. During the Mongol Empire, garlic was used as a currency.
Known scientifically as Allium sativum, this root herb belongs within the family of Alliaceae. It is rich in phyto-nutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Indeed, garlic has been providing us with so much benefit. Besides making our food tasting great, this super herb offer us with many amazing health benefits as well, a natural health remedy. Garlic is known as an effective treatment for a wide range of diseases, but most importantly, conditions that are related to the heart and the blood system. It can lower high blood pressure and high cholesterol level. Help prevent the arteries from hardening (atherosclerosis) thus keeping us safe from heart attack.
It is used to prevent different forms of cancers like breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon and rectal cancers to name a few. Other uses of this incredible herb include treatment of cough, stomach aches, headaches, fever, asthma, rheumatism, bronchitis and gout. Taking fresh garlic can also help you fight stress, normalizes your blood sugar level and maintain good liver function. It strengthens the immune system and help fight infections. It is also effective in treating hyperthyroid conditions due to its high iodine content.
As for skin disorders, it can be applied to cure fungal infections, athlete’s foot, jock itch including corn, warts and bee sting. There’s just an endless list of what this superfood can do.
For most people, garlic is relatively safe when taken as food. May cause allergic reaction in some individuals as well as diarrhea, vomiting, heartburn and gas. It is also known to cause bleeding after surgery. Garlic overdose can be detrimental to your health, so take it in moderation. And of course, it can cause bad breath.
Do you know the secret of garlic’s super healing power? Well, it lies in the chemical that it produces called allicin, a natural antibiotic. This is also what gives garlic its unique smell.
Take a clove of fresh garlic three times a day to keep you in tip-top shape.
Stay fit. Enjoy life. Be happy.
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