History of Garlic:
||Garlic has been used in food and medicine for
thousands of years. Archaeologists discovered clay sculptures
in the shape of garlic bulbs in an Egyptian tomb dating back
to 3200 BC. An Egyptian papyrus that dates back to 1500 BC
recommends garlic in treating 22 ailments to include heart
disease, stamina, and tumors. Greek military leaders fed
garlic to their troops before combat, Greek athletes took
garlic to increase performance, ancient Transylvanians used
garlic as a mosquito repellent, and King Tutankhamen was sent
into the afterlife with garlic. Garlic was used to battle the
plague and during World War I and World War II, when
penicillin was scarce, used to prevent infection and gangrene
in soldier’s wounds.
In seventeenth century England, garlic
was considered unfit for ladies or the gentleman who wished to
court them. Western cultures shunned garlic until the early
to mid-20th century because of the unpleasant smell
it left behind. It wasn’t until the 1920’s that Americans
began to embrace this flavorful and healthy bulb.
Today, Americans consume 250 million pounds of garlic annually.
Garlic production in the U.S. has decreased steadily in the past
decade while imports from China are on the rise. In 2007, the U.S.
produced approximately 95 million pounds of garlic and imported
approximately 160 million pounds from China. Small farms, like
ours, are striving to change those statistics.
Health Benefits of Garlic:
This is not a medical site.
It is essential that you discuss medical matters with your doctor.
garlic not only enhances the flavor of your food, there are numerous
health benefits to be gained as well.
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.
Crushed garlic has been shown to kill 23 types of
bacteria including listeria, E.coli, Cryptococcus meningitis,
Candida albican, salmonella and staphylococcus. Heated garlic has
been shown to lower serum cholesterol by preventing clotting in the
Clinical trials, which were published in the Journal of
Hypertension, showed that the blood pressure of volunteers was
reduced 1 – 5% after taking garlic supplements. This may not sound a
lot but this small reduction can reduce the chance of a stroke by
30-40% and heart disease by 20-25%.
Vitamins in garlic, such as A, B, and C, stimulate the body to
fight carcinogens and get rid of toxins, and may even aid in
preventing certain types of cancer, such as stomach cancer. Garlic's
sulfur compounds can regulate blood sugar metabolism, stimulate and
detoxify the liver, and stimulate the blood circulation and the
nervous system. (http://www.googobits.com/articles/p2-1167-the-history-of-garlic-natures-ancient-superfood.html
April 30, 2009)
- Garlic is most effective when crushed or chopped and when raw.
- One clove a day can improve your health and 2-3 cloves can
help prevent a cold.
- When cooking garlic wait until the last 10 minutes of cooking
to add the garlic.
- Be careful about taking too much garlic as it can irritate your
- Don’t microwave garlic as this kills the active ingredients.
- Don’t take garlic instead of a healthy balanced diet.
- Garlic supplements may interact with certain drugs such as
- Always consult a doctor if you are unsure about anything.
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Chemists Shed Light On Health Benefits Of Garlic,
January 31, 2009
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April 30, 2009
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