Garlic which is cultivated by dividing the bulb is mostly grown in many parts of the world for commercial purposes. It is a popular ingredient in cooking due to its strong smell and delicious taste and it’s ability to curb health problems.
However, throughout ancient history, the main use of garlic was for its health and medicinal properties.
Garlic is low in calories and rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6 and manganese. It also contains trace amounts of various other nutrients.
Raw garlic has the potential to ward off a cough and cold infections. Eating two crushed garlic cloves on an empty stomach has the maximum benefit. For kids and babies, hanging garlic cloves in a thread around their necks is supposed to relieve congestion symptoms. Garlic supplements help to reduce the severeness of colds and flu. It is an immune booster which prevents cancer.
Allicin, a compound found in garlic stops the oxidizing bad cholesterol. This lowers cholesterol levels and improves heart health. Regular consumption of garlic reduces the incidence of blood clots and thus helps prevent thromboembolism,(occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus that has broken away from a thrombus.
Garlic also lowers the blood pressure so is good for patients with hypertension.
Garlic also prevents indigestion and promotes brain health functioning.