Garlic came from the old English word “garleac”, which means “spear leek”. It’s been used as a staple food for long in Mediterranean region. Egyptians worship garlic and since it is highly prized, so they are even used as currency.
Garlic is used both as for taste as well as for medicine in various cultures for thousands of years. Most of the Indians cannot think of preparing food without garlic. But, garlic almost looses the medicinal value once it has been cooked well with spices. Garlic belongs to onion family. It is mostly cultivated in cool winter climates. Eating garlic daily with proper dose, as per doctors’ prescription, helps to prevent cancer and cardio-vascular diseases specially. The other medicinal values of garlic are as follows:
1). It has anti-viral and anti-fungal properties.
2). It helps to regulate blood pressure as well as blood sugar.
3). It helps in minimizing the cholesterol level.
4). It has anti-oxidant properties.
5). It prevents blood from clotting and thus reduces the possibility of strokes and heart attacks.
6). Raw garlic is wonderful natural antibiotics.