Garlic, belonging to the family of Liliaceae, native to Central Asia, possibly from Kyrgyz, however has been cultivated since ancient times in the Mediterranean basin and now in temperate zones all over the world. It is a lively herbaceous plant, due to its bulb or head, composed of a dozen teeth wrapped in a silky white membrane, arranged circularly around the root stem. The stem is about 40 cm high and is cylindrical flat and grooved on the underside. The flowers are white or pink, and are grouped in a terminal umbel, which is then closed in a pill with a long tip.
General use of garlic
Many people since ancient times used garlic for food and medicine. One of its most famous usages was during the Middle Ages, when it was considered very helpful against the plague.
In 1858 Louis Pasteur officially studied the antibiotic properties of garlic. Dr. Albert Schweitzer used the plant to efficiently treat cholera, typhus, and dysentery in Africa in the 1950s. Before antibiotics were available, it was used as a treatment for injuries during the two world wars.
Garlic is now a natural remedy for many illnesses ranging from atherosclerosis, stroke, cancer, immune disorders, brain aging, arthritis and even cataracts; Perhaps because it is packed with vitamins, minerals and other powerful antioxidants.
Lots of people do not like garlic because of its smell, however garlic works precisely due to the fact that it “stinks”: its explosive aroma comes from its more active ingredient, the allicin, which is transformed into various organosulfur compounds, which reduce in Oxidation, inflammation and other cellular destruction processes underlying each of the “significant chronic diseases” listed by the scientists.
Slimming Garlic #1
Peel a raw tooth and split it into several pieces. Swallow it with a glass of water as if it were a medication (ie, without chewing) on an empty stomach. This recipe has the added virtue that can help you fight cholesterol and hypertension.
Slimming Garlic #2
Boil 3 cups of water and, when it reaches the boiling point, pour 3 cloves of previously peeled and sliced garlic and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder. Let it cool and take it during the day.
Slimming Garlic #3
Put 1 clove garlic, chopped raw in a cup of boiling water. Cover and let cool. Add the juice of a lemon and take on an empty stomach.
Garlic can be very irritating to the digestive system. Excessive intake (normally more than 5 cloves of garlic a day) can cause excessive bloating, stomach pains, diarrhea and even red blood cell injury.
Garlic journeys through the lungs and circulatory stream, giving an intense smell of breath, skin and perspiration. The smell can be present between 4 and 18 hours. One way to counteract this odor is to consume parsley.