One of the oldest and most common spices used daily throughout the world, garlic has a unique taste that you either love or hate. Claims of medicinal properties go back at least as far as Ancient Egypt, where it was prescribed as a stimulant or for fighting infections. Recent scientific studies exploring their rumors have brought to light some unexpected results.
Even though the modern pharmaceutical industry still relies, at least in part, on natural remedies, folk medicine continues to exist, in spite of having no or little proven scientific data. While in most cases, the healing properties are non-existent or exaggerated, garlic seems to have incredible hidden potential and may help fight a series of diseases and conditions.
Garlic is rich in vitamins B and C as well as many essential minerals like potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium. A growing number of supplements are based on garlic or garlic extract.
Several studies and experiments have highlighted “an inverse correlation between garlic consumption and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease progression”. This is extremely relevant news seeing how cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.
Garlic, as well as other plants from the Allium family, like onions, leeks, shallots and chives, have been shown to have some “protective associations against cancers, particularly cancers of the gastrointestinal tract.” The combination of allitridum and selenium seems to be the one responsible for reducing the risk of tumors.
Antifungal and antibacterial properties were also presented, though on a lower level than previously thought. Garlic has been suggested as potential treatment for other conditions including osteoarthritis, atherosclerosis and even warts, hair loss and dementia.
With so many health benefits, it is no wonder that garlic is considered one of the best natural panaceas.