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By Nelly Favis-Villafuerte

Nelly Favis-Villafuerte

Not many know that in ancient Egypt, the health benefits of garlic were recognized and in fact thousands of slaves working on the great pyramid were fed garlic daily in order to keep them free from diseases. Garlic is a herb plant that is locally grown in our country.  Its health and medicinal properties are astounding.  Although the peculiar smell of garlic (especially the fresh garlic) caused by allicin, a chemical produced by garlic discourages many people from taking garlic, it has not lost its appeal to health conscious people.

Let me share some interesting information about garlic: (References: Publications on Condiments & Spices and Internet Reports)

  • Do you know that garlic has been used throughout history for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Hippocrates, the father of medicine had said: “If one chews a cloves of garlic every day and swallows its juice, one will remain free from all sorts of diseases;
  • Do you know that while garlic is grown globally – the largest producer of garlic is China (producing over 77% of the world output) followed by India, South Korea, Russia, and the US;
  • Do you know that people eat fresh garlic (not garlic supplements) to reduce the risk of developing colon cancer, rectal cancer and stomach cancer. Garlic though does not reduce the risk of getting breast cancer and lung cancer;
  • Do you know that fresh garlic (but not aged garlic) can kill certain bacteria like E.coli and salmonella enteritidis. Garlic also prevents and treats fungi infection;
  • Do you know that garlic may slow blood clotting and may therefore prolong bleeding. No wonder patients are advised to stop taking garlic at least two weeks before scheduled surgeries;
  • Do you know that there are drugs that should not interact with garlic. Doctors should be consulted.
  • Do you know that garlic can reduce blood pressure in people with high blood pressure by as much as 7% or 8%;
  • Do you know that aside from bad breath, garlic also causes heartburn, gas, nausea, vomiting, body odor, and diarrhea;
  • Do you know that in ancient times, soldiers relied on garlic to give them added strength in battle;
  • Do you know that garlic was used as an antiseptic to prevent gangrene during World War I and World War II. Garlic is probably one of the most powerful antiseptic known to man. All kinds of worms are destroyed by garlic;
  • Do you know that garlic is a stimulant, diuretic and expectorant; also an excellent remedy in nervous and spasmodic cough and hoarseness; garlic also cures chronic diseases in the upper respiratory organs;
  • Do you know that garlic makes loose teeth take root again, removes tartar and has a curative effect on eye catarrh and inflammation of the lachrymal duct as well as of the middle ear;
  • Do you know that garlic possesses miraculous healing powers in typhoid, cholera, intestinal and lung cancer;
  • Do you know that in Russia, garlic was commonly known as “Russian Penicillin.” Almost all Russians eat garlic daily and their average longevity rose beyond 100 years of age. Modern science has confirmed that garlic is a powerful natural antibiotic. The good news too is that our body does not appear to build up resistance to the garlic… so its positive health benefits can continue over time;

Yes, the common garlic is a wonderful health food.  A word of caution though: It is not advisable to take too much raw garlic, as this may irritate or even damage the digestive tract.

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