Nowadays, garlic is one of the most popular ingredients. When you go to the store, you can find various products that contain garlic flavor, like salad dressing, bread, pretzels, poultry meat, etc.

However, this is not a new trend. This ingredient has been popular for thousands of years. Even ancient civilizations were familiar with the health benefits of this amazing plant. For instance, in Ancient Egypt, it was used to cure insect infestation, circulatory problems and to improve productivity and strength of the workers. Even in the Jewish Talmud, there is a mention of the use of this ingredient against parasites and other health problems.

In Ancient Greece, garlic was used as a protection of the skin against poisons and to increase the courage of the soldiers, while in Ancient Rome, it was believed that it cures joint problems, cardiovascular disorders and gastrointestinal issues. The Chinese and the Japanese used it for the digestive and the respiratory tract. It was also used in the early years of America, ancient India, the Renaissance and the Middle Ages.

All of these ancient civilizations knew and enjoy the many health benefits that garlic provides.

Scientifically proven benefits of garlic

Modern science has already studied this incredible plant and came to conclusion that it really possesses healing benefits. Here are the benefits of garlic:

• Prevents heart attack
• Lowers bad cholesterol levels
• Gets rid of bug bites
• Fungal infection
• Cleanses the body of toxins
• Protects from atherosclerosis
• Heart disease
• Lowers high blood pressure levels
• Stops hay fever and cold
• Diarrhea
• Improves the function of the immune system

You can also use garlic to keep the symptoms of some diseases in control. It helps in case of these diseases:

• Osteoarthritis
• Enlarged prostate
• Diabetes

If all of these benefits persuaded you to consume this plant on a regular basis, here is how to consume it properly:

Honey and garlic recipe

The most important ingredient contained in garlic is allicin. To preserve it, it is best to consume raw garlic, as heat destroys allicin. To add garlic to your meals, first chop the garlic cloves and leave them to rest for 15 minutes. Then, add the garlic to the food. Crushed garlic is more beneficial.

You should consume garlic on a regular basis. This will improve the function of your immune system and protect your overall health.

Needed ingredients:

• 1 Tbsp. of honey
• 2 chopped garlic cloves

You just need to mix these ingredients. It will increase your energy as well.

Garlic tonic recipe against the flu

The following garlic tonic recipe is effective against the flu or a cold.

Needed ingredients:

• 5 chopped garlic cloves
• 2 chopped red chili peppers
• 1 juiced lemon
• 1 Tbsp. of chopped garlic
• Apple cider vinegar

Preparation:

Add the garlic, chili peppers, ginger, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar in a Mason jar. Consume the remedy until you are cured of the flu or the cold.