Garlic belongs to the onion family Alliaceae including shallots, and leek.
Garlic has been used throughout recorded history for both medicinal and culinary purposes.
Garlic and Immune System
The presence of all these antioxidants in garlic, have a very positive effect on the immune system in general and can therefore protect the body against all types of bacterial and viral attacks.
Garlic and cold
Garlic also acts as a good cold medication, decongestant and expectorant. It is a surprisingly good source of vitamins C, B6 and the minerals selenium and manganese all of which have long been associated with immune system boosting as well as other benefits.
Garlic and cancer
Current research has shown that a number of readily available foods such as garlic and onions that make up a healthy diet, actually have a major impact on cancer prevention. The protective effect of garlic seems to be greater than that of onions, even though onion consumption has been shown to reduce the risk of stomach cancer. These cancer fighting foods seem to have the ability to interfere with the development of cancerous tumors.
Garlic promotes weight control.
Allicin is the most potent substance found in garlic and this lowers blood pressure.
Garlic and your heart.
The positive effect of garlic on your circulatory system is extremely well documented and it has been proved to lower blood pressure.
Allicin naturally increases antioxidant enzymes catalase and glutathione peroxidase in your blood. It can help against the damaging effects of nicotine and slows the aging process of your liver by inhibiting lipid peroxidation.
Garlic has 1% of the potency of penicillin and can ward off a number of bacteria such as Listeria, Salmonella, E. coli, Cryptococci meningitis, albican Candida and Staphylococcus. The problem with most antibiotics is that bacteria develops resistance to them, however this is not the case with garlic.
According to doctors people who eat garlic on regular bases do not have problem of blood pressure.
Garlic home remedies
Garlic is an invaluable medicine for asthma, hoarseness, coughs, difficulty of breathing, and most other disorders of the lungs, being of particular virtue in chronic bronchitis, on account of its powers of promoting expectoration.
For ear infections
Wrap a small piece of garlic in some tissue, and insert it into the ear. Leave it there overnight if possible. Pain is almost immediately removed and the infection tends to start clearing up overnight.
For scratchy throats
Put a small slice of garlic in your mouth and suck on it for 10-15 minutes. You can put it between your teeth and cheek, and then scratch it with your teeth a little to help stimulate juice from the garlic slice. This juice slides down your throat and removes the pain. It can heal the pain caused by insect bites like those of scorpions and centipedes. The juice of fresh garlic mixed with salt can be applied to bruises, sprains and ringworms.