We all know that garlic has a place in the kitchen. The herb has been used for centuries as a pungent addition in a near-endless array of recipes, and even in folklore as a way to keep Dracula at bay. While garlic as an herb is a staple in most kitchens around the world, what are often overlooked are its powerful qualities as a health booster, providing a range of benefits to improve many areas of health and wellness.
What is probably most unknown about garlic is its effectiveness as a bactericide, killing everything from staphylococcus and streptococcus, and even viruses like viral pneumonia and herpes. In World War One and World War Two, many soldiers were said to owe their lives to garlic when antibiotics were scarce. Garlic juice diluted with water was used to stop and heal deadly infections sustained during battle.
These days, the benefits of garlic are achieved from eating it. While cooked or dried garlic still maintains some of its positive benefits, the real power of garlic
comes from raw, organic sources, as crushing the herb releases the powerful compound allicin, an organosulfur which gives garlic its wide array of benefits.
Garlic’s health uses these days are many, and is being used to treat and prevent heart disease, respiratory diseases and certain types of cancer. Garlic also possesses strong antioxidant and anti-aging properties, as well as the ability to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. In addition, many laboratory antibiotics are harmful to our intestinal bacteria necessary for digestion and overall health. Typically, garlic will not harm these healthy bacteria.
With its wide range of wonderful benefits, garlic
truly is an amazing herb. While often associated with pungent odors and bad breath, these days many garlic supplements come in odorless forms. For an amazing herb that can promote health and wellness in so many ways, garlic is a true miracle of nature.