Garlic (Allium sativum), an herb used widely as a flavoring in cooking, has also been used as a medicine throughout ancient and modern history to prevent and treat a wide range of conditions and diseases. Garlic belongs to the onion genus Allium, and is closely related to the onion, rakkyo, chive, leek, and shallot. It has been used by humans for thousands of years and was used in Ancient Egypt for both culinary purposes and its therapeutic benefits.
By Dr. Mercola
Of all the foods Mother Nature provides, few foods offer more of a botanical bonanza for your health than garlic. Garlic is a bulbous root closely related to the onion, mentioned in historical documents dating back 5,000 yearsbefore its fame wafted into the rest of the known world.
Speaking of wafting, garlics nickname stinking rose is well-deserved due to its undeniably pungent aroma that some find objectionable, but others find intoxicating.
Numerous studies show garlics amazing health potential in nearly every area of your body, from clogged arteries to gangrene to preventing insect bites and ear infections. There is even evidence that garlic is able to help slow your aging process. When it comes to this magical bulb, whats not to love?
Garlic Epitomizes a Heart Healthy Food
Like so many other complex plant foods, garlic contains a wide range of phytocompounds that act together to produce a wide variety of responses …
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