For thousands of years the world over, it has been valued for its medicinal properties and used in various natural healing remedies, both internally and topically.
Garlic is a member of the allium family of vegetables and is related to onions, leeks, scallions, shallots and chives. It is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory across all body systems. Its unique nutrient composition is thought to (among other things):
✔ Reduce the risk of certain cancers
✔ Lower blood pressure and cholesterol
✔ Prevent hardening of the arteries
✔ Reduce risk of blood clots
✔ Destroy bacteria and viruses
✔ Enhance detoxification
Garlic has been used as a herbal healing remedy for an array of ailments and conditions in various cultures for many centuries.
Garlic has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties making it effective against certain bacteria, viruses and fungi.
It is rich in important vitamins, minerals and sulfur compounds. One such compound, Diallyl Sulphide (DADS), is believed to influence the human epigenome in a positive way: it increases histone acetylation and “turns on” anti-cancer genes.
Thus, consuming garlic on a regular basis may provide protection against certain types of cancer.
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Epigenetic Diet: Impact on the Epigenome and Cancer (US National Library of Medicine; National Institutes of Health)
This infographic, entitled “The Natural Cure, Garlic, Your Health Keeper” from Stedas Dizajn illustrates and explains some interesting facts about garlic including its healing properties, nutrient makeup, available forms, health applications and benefits.
It should be noted that many health experts advise eating the plant, not supplements, to get the benefits. This is because it is believed that the various compounds of the whole plant work in a synergy to provide the benefit.
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