Alternative names for Garlic include “Russian Penicillin”, “Natural Antibiotic” and “Vegetable Viagra”.
Ancient Egyptians used garlic to treat bacterial infections, held in such high esteem by the Egyptians that Pharaoh Tutankhamen was buried in it. If you thought we loved garlic, in Ancient Greece brides used to carry bouquets of garlic, not flowers. Garlic arrived in Britain during medieval times and was also used as a cure for gluttony and drunkedness. Garlic was used in the fight against black death. Used by four thieves to protect them from an infected house.
Louis Pasteur was commended for the discovery of antiviral, antibacterial and anti fungal properties of garlic, in 1858. Garlic was used to treat wounds on the battlefield of WW1.
Garlic is rich in Manganese, Vitamin B1, B6, C, Copper, Phosphorus, Calcium and Selenium. It’s thought we can consume on average 302 cloves per year. Daily Garlic tablets have been shown to reduce the risk of Coronary Heart Disease by 38%.
Here are few health benefits of Garlic :
- Throughout history to present day Garlic has been used to treat a wide variety to ailments including Type 2 Diabetes, Atherosclerosis, common colds, Asthma, Leprosy, and Alzheimer’s.
- The primary active ingredient is Allicin. Allicin is hypercholesterolemia, hypolipidemic and antihypertensive.
- In the body, Allicin converts to hydrogen sulphide which is responsible for its tangy taste and potent smell. It is also responsible for its proposed vascular and anti cancer properties.
- Garlic actives are potent antioxidants protecting your body from harmful free radicals.