Garlic belongs to the Allium family of vegetables. Latin name for garlic is Allium sativum. It is one of the most valuable and versatile foods on the planet. Garlic has been used for both culinary and medicinal purposes from ancient days.
Garlic is cultivated all over the world, but China is the top producer of this wonderful herb. Raw garlic has more therapeutic effects than the cooked dishes. By cooking garlic loses its potential to some extent.
Garlic contains antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal property. Garlic is popular known as "nature's antibiotic". In 1858, Louis Pasteur observed garlic's antibacterial activity, and it was used as an antiseptic to prevent gangrene during World War I and World War II.
Many publications have shown that garlic supports cardiovascular system. According to them it lowers cholesterol,and triglyceride levels in the blood, inhibits platelets stickiness and slows blood coagulation.
Common uses of Garlic
Though there are many garlic benefits, like many other medicines, Garlic too has some side effects.
Garlic can cause indigestion, nausea and diarrhoea. Topical application of raw garlic to young children is not advisable.