|What is it?||Garlic contains more than 200 chemical compounds. Some of its more
important ones include volatile oil, sulfur-containing compounds and
enzymes. Allicin is a sulfur-containing compound that gives garlic its
antibiotic and cholesterol-lowering properties and is responsible for its
|Where is it from?||Garlic is a hardy, perennial bulb, which is native to the Mediterranean
regions of Africa and Europe. Along with onions, leeks, chives and
shallots, garlic is a member of the lily family. The botanical name for
garlic, allium sativum, may have been derived from the Celtic word "all"
which refers to "pungent." The edible portion of the garlic plant grows
underground and consists of a cloved bulb.
|What is it used for?||It can inhibit and kill bacteria, fungi, parasites, lower blood pressure,
blood cholesterol and blood sugar. Studies show that garlic which
contains allicin can lower serum cholesterol in individuals with elevated
cholesterol by an average of 9%. Garlic has the ability to stimulate the
lymphatic system, which expedites the removal of waste from the body.
It is considered an effective antioxidant and can help protect cells
against free radical damage. In addition, it nourishes and supports the
heart, stomach, circulation and the lungs.