The health benefits and medicinal attributes of garlic is recognised for at least 3,000 years. It has a reputation for very effective in ridding the body of everything from colds to flu. It has always been widely used in herbal medicines, but only recently the advantage of garlic has been recognized by modern science.
One of the most widely known benefits of garlic is that it has antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Garlic is a powerful antioxidant – it helps to protect the body from damage by free radicals. It also has antibacterial properties, and protection from fungal infections. It is used by a few people to treat acne and minor injuries.
Garlic could also be good as repellent of a natural mosquito. According to a study conducted by Adesh K. Jain, MD, Clinical Research Center and Tulane Medical School, New Orleans, garlic benefits include lower levels of “total” cholesterol in the blood. In particular, it decreases the dangerous cholesterol of low density lipoprotein (LDL). In fact, a study of 12 weeks showed an average drop of 6 per cent cholesterol among 20 men and women taking garlic pills.
Other benefits of garlic have been identified in another study, by H. Kieswetter, MD, Saarlandes University of Hamburg, Germany. Garlic is a natural blood thinner. It was also concluded that garlic has the ability to help lower blood pressure, as it contains an ACE inhibitor – a natural enzyme associated with increased blood pressure.