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#Garlic: The Stinking Rose

June 6, 2018

Garlic (Allium sativum) has been used for centuries for both cooking and medicinal purposes.  Known as the ‘stinking rose’ and Russian penicillin, its medicinal purposes have been documented for centuries and have always been a popular remedy for colds, coughs, and sore throats.  Garlic was used in World War I and World War II to cure many diseases and because it is a potent antiseptic.  Garlic is universally known for its health benefits.  It is an excellent source of phytochemicals and contains vitamins A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), C, iron, phosphorous, sulphur compounds, and calcium.  Medical studies have shown that it lowers blood pressure, reduces cholesterol and hypertension, prevents some cancerous tumours, protects against bacterial and fungal infections, and is good for the blood and heart.  It is useful as an expectorant in respiratory ailments, eliminates toxic metals, and supports the immune system.  Garlic may prove to be useful for diabetics, as it seems to regulate blood sugar levels.