Also Called "The stinking rose" in light of its numerous therapeutic benefits. A member of the lily or Allium family, which also includes onions leeks, and garlic. While these compounds are responsible for garlic's characteristically pungent odor, they are also the source of many of its health-promoting effects.
Garlic can help dilate our blood vessels and help keep our blood pressure under control.
Garlic is an excellent source of manganese, a very good source of vitamin B6 and vitamin C and a good source of selenium.
Garlic is clearly able to lower our blood triglycerides and total cholesterol, even though this reduction can be moderate (5-15%).
Gives protection from inflammatory and oxidative stress. Damage to blood vessel linings by increasing our risk of cardiovascular problems, including heart attack and atherosclerosis. Oxidative damage also leads to the blood vessels collecting unwanted plaque formation and clogging.
Equally impressive about garlic is its ability to lower blood pressure. Garlic is rich not only in selenium, but also in another trace mineral, manganese. Studies have found that in adults deficient in manganese, also have low level of HDL (the "good form" of cholesterol or as I like to call it your Happy cholesterol) . benefits in controlling infection like yeast, bacteria and viruses Garlic may be able to improve our metabolism of iron. When iron is stored up in our cells, garlic may be able to increase our body's production of ferroportin, and in this way, help keep iron in circulation as it is needed.
People give roses to the people that they love. This is one rose that should be given everyday to the ones that you love. For a small vegetable, garlic sure has a big, and well deserved, reputation.