Health Benefits of Garlic the Stinking Rose
By Charles Hopkins
Published 01/2/2008 | Alternative Medicine
Allium sativum is the scientific name for garlic. It is a member of the
Amaryllidacae family, that also includes such things as onion, chives
and shallots. Garlic is also know as the stinking rose,(image why)
heal-all, rustic's or poorman's treacle.
Garlic is one of the worlds oldest healing herbs. Because of its
numerous applications, it can truly be called a wonder drug. Being one
of the most researched of the herbs of the Amaryllidacae family, it is
the most potent of the group.
Prescriptions for garlic have been found chiseled in cuneiform on a
Samaritan clay tablet dated from 3000 B.C.. Historically the ancient
world from Spain to India, and China loved garlic. The herb was found
in King Tut's tomb. In addition, the Bible tells of the Hebrew slaves
complaining of missing the finer things of life - "fish, cucumber,
melons, leeks, onions, and garlic."
The two main medical ingredients that produce the garlic health
benefits are allicin and diallyl sulfides. Garlic must be chewed,
busied, chopped, or crushed to transform its medicinally inert allicin
into antibiotic allicin.
Researchers have discovered that one medium-sized clove of garlic
packs the antibacterial punch of about 100,000 units of penicillin.
Oral penicillin doses are typically in the range 600,000 to 1.2 million
units, depending on the infection. That means that the equivalent
amount of garlic would be about 6 to 12 cloves.
Garlic came to be known as "the Russian penicillin" during World
War II when more than 20 million casualties overwhelmed its antibiotic
supply. And the Russian physicians had to rely heavily on garlic.
Here are a few of the health benefits of garlic:
Dozens of animal and human studies have confirmed that garlic has
broad-spectrum antibiotic properties. Several studies show the herb to
be effective in treating fungi that cause athlete's foot and virginal
In a study reported in the journal "Science', researchers separated
mouse tumor cells into two groups. One group of tumor tissue was left
alone. The other was treated with allicin. Then both batches of tumor
cells were injected into mice. The mice who received the untreated
cells quickly died, but there were no deaths among the mice that
received the garlic-treated tumor cells.
Heart Disease and Stroke
Garlic has show in numerous studies that it has the ability to
reduce blood pressure, decrease cholesterol, and reduce the likelihood
of internal blood clots, that can trigger heart attacks and some
Blood sugar levels have been reduced by the use of garlic, in lab studies in both animal and human experiments.
Although garlic may smell, when you look at the health benefits, a little smell may help you.