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Garlic (Allium Sativum)

 

Garlic, is a species in the onion family Alliaceae. Garlic is a common household name known for its rich aroma and flavor. It is a common spice used in daily meals. It has been used throughout history for both culinary and medicinal purposes. The garlic plant's bulb is the most commonly used part of the plant. It is a native of West Asia and Mediterranean area. China, Korea, India, USA, Spain, Argentina and Egypt are the major garlic growing countries. It has many minerals and important nutrients. It is rich source of calcium, iron, sodium and potassium. It have abundant fatty acids and unsaturated. This herb is used for millennium to strengthen the immune system.

 

History

Garlic has been used around the world for many centuries due to its health-giving properties. Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine (470-358 B.C.), mentioned this herb in his medical notes and recommended its use for a variety of health conditions. Egyptians used to worship garlic, believing that it promoted good health, strength and endurance. It has also been used as an aphrodisiac throughout the ages

Benefits

  • It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral. All these properties make it an ingredient in many herbal formulations.
  • Potent antioxidant activity keeps cells functioning optimally.
  • It is believed to maintain blood pressure levels in the human body.
  • It prevents high cholesterol levels, high lipid levels, high levels of blood pressure, and many such heart related disorders.
  • By its preventive actions on the heart Garlic protects the heart from atherosclerosis, arteriosclerosis, Ischemic heart diseases and many others diseases.
  • Another effect of Garlic is to enhance the production of HDL and thereby promoting a healthy heart. The reduction in unhealthy cholesterol also reduces the plaque accumulation and therefore promotes a healthy heart.
  • Coronary artery diseases are prevented by regular use of garlic.
  • It lowers the levels of low-density lipoproteins to prevent atherosclerosis.