Garlic is the cloven crown jewel of all the herbs as it plays a notable role today and throughout history in both culinary cuisines and medicine dating as far back as 2000 BC. Countless historical medical facts surround garlic usage, including the daily consumption by the Jewish slaves in Egypt, to give them strength and a channel to increase their productivity. The 2nd century AD Jewish Talmud includes the use of Garlic to treat parasite infections and other disorders.
Dioscorides, the chief physician for Neo’s army, writes in his five-volume medical records the importance of using Garlic to clean the arteries. Even during antiquity, this single recording indicates the positive benefits of Garlic on the cardiovascular system. Ancient accounts report Garlic’s many usages by the Greek physician Hippocrates to treat many diseases of his day. Ancient Chinese medicine acknowledges Garlic to relieve health issues such as respiration, digestion, diarrhea, worm infestation, sadness, or depression (mental health).
There are numerous historical references to Garlic’s healing powers, reaching back to the beginning of time. However, today with modern scientific evidence-based research and modern medical advances, Garlic can continue to hold the title “Golden Cloves.”
Evidence-based Health Benefits of Garlic:
- Lowers the risk of colorectal cancer (CRC): The American Institute for Cancer Research reports that eating garlic frequently reduces the risk of CRC. Garlic contains a potent phytochemical Allicin or allium compounds, which acts as an anti-oxidant to repair DNA, suspend cancer cells’ growth, and decrease inflammation.
- Lowers blood lipids: Garlic exhibits an anti-hyperlipidemia effect on the vascular system. Several studies report Garlic significantly reduces total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) within the body.
- Lowers Blood pressure: According to an NIH study, evidence shows Garlic can reduce blood pressure by decreasing blood pressure by approximately 10 mmHg systolic and 8 mmHg diastolic, similar to standard blood pressure medication.
- Enhances the Immune System. A current 2020 medical hypothesis investigating the effects of Garlic (allium) on the immune system specific to COVID-19 provides surprising results. The study validates garlic-allium has antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, antitumor properties. After further investigations, the researchers affirm that Garlic may be an acceptable preventive measure against COVID-19 infection by enhancing the immune system cells.
Today Garlic is known as a functional food. Functional foods are foods that have a potentially positive effect on health beyond primary nutritional value. Functional foods promote optimal health and help reduce the risk of disease. Garlic maintains its right as the cloven crown jewel and has withstood the test of time. It is as it was and as it always will be to our health and wellbeing, Golden Cloves.