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Garlic is a pungent plant that has been cultivated for over 6000 years for its cloves that are used in cooking around the world. It is of the Onion genus and is related to; shallots, leeks, chives among many others.
Garlic has a number of health applications including;
Anti-Bacterial- used by herbalists as an antiseptic
Anti-Fungal- used to treat infections and digestive disorders.
Anti-Viral- used in the treatment of colds
Cancers- purported to help in the treatment of Stomach and Colon Cancers
Cholesterol and Arterial Plaques- studies have shown reductions in Cholesterol and Arterial Plaques in patients that consumed Garlic regularly.
Heart Disease- purported to help prevent forms of Heart Disease such as; High Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure.
Hoarseness and Coughs- used as a herbal treatment for Hoarseness and Coughs.