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Garlic's Most Powerful Detoxifying Qualities

Updated on May 5, 2013

Garlic's Mystic Revealed

Garlic's medicinal qualities are well known.

Garlic is an ancient herb that has many medicinal qualities. The health benefits of garlic have been observed and studied for thousands of years.Cultivated garlic dates back at least to the time the pyramids were constructed.

According to the,www.canada/montreal.gazette/news/arts/story., "Garlic probably orginatated in central Asia, near Mongolia or Afghanistan and spread to eastern Europe and east Asia before coming to North America with the Spanish.

According to, "The word garlic comes from Old English, meaning "spear leek".

Garlic was at on time considered so valuable it was used as money in Siberia. They paid their taxes with it in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Garlic was mentioned in the Old Testament for use in a salad receipt.

Garlic was used to fight infection during the middle ages. Garlands of garlic were hung in rooms were women gave childbirth during the middle ages. It was observed that individuals who ate large amounts of garlic were less likely to die of the Black Plague.

Aristotle described garlic as a tonic to invigorate and restore health. Olympic athletes used garlic to enhance strength and endurance.

Garlic was not popular in Western culture until about 1940. People did not like the cooking smells or foul breath associated with garlic. Slowly garlic gained it's acceptance in the United States. Cooking receipts and restaurants began to introduce foods containing garlic from different cultures. As scientific studies confirmed garlic's health benefits; individuals increased their consumption. Garlic is grown everywhere in the United States except Alaska. Americans eat more than 250 pounds annually. As more Europeans immigrated to the United States garlic increased its' popularity. Garlic is considered a essential ingredient in most receipts.

Garlic's Beneficial Qualities!

Garlic's Health Benefits!
Garlic's Health Benefits!

Garlic is a natural antibiotic.

Garlic is considered an antibiotic with many antibacterial properties. Louis Pasteur examined garlic's use as a antibacterial agent in the nineteenth century.. He showed how it killed bacteria in a scientific study.

According to Wright State University (1) garlic is approximately one percent as potent an antibiotic as penicillin.

Garlic was used during World War 1 and World War 2 to treat injured solders. It was nick-named "Russian Penicillin."

Garlic Contributes To A Long Life!

According to"It is only fitting that garlic an herb with such extensive and distinguished history is associated with bestowing long life to those who consume it regularly."

Many studies have shown garlic to help maintain healthy blood pressure levels. A chemical substance in garlic interacts with human red corpuscles. Garlic is the most researched of all the herbs.

Garlic Fights Cancer!

Research suggests that garlic contains compounds that protect us from cancer. One compound is diallyl disuifide. The AICR has funded reaserch into garlic's cancer fighting properties.

According to,, "Garlic can stimulate the production of glutathione , an amino acid which is known to be e very potent and detoxifies the smooth muscle relaxant in the herb will lower blood pressure,"

Garlic contains Allium; vegtables containing Allium have slowed the progress of cancer in several places in the body.

Dogs and Cats

Unfortunately dogs and cats cannot or should not eat garlic in any form. Please do not feed them garlic. It is bad for their health.

Cabbage and Garlic Soup

This recipe is from, it is easy to make and great on cool days. Check out the recipes in the link below for more good garlic recipes.


  • 8 cups chicken broth, low sodium
  • 6 cups cabbage, savoy
  • 1 cup rice, white long grain
  • 3 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • salt, to taste
  • minced parsley, garnish
  • six croutons, lightly toasted

Easy Instructions!

  1. In a medium -sized sauce pan combine garlic, two cups chicken stock and rice.
  2. Bring to a boil over moderate heat; cover then reduce heat to maintain a simmer, for twenty minute.
  3. Transfer to a blender or food processor, then add 4 cups chicken stock, blend.
  4. Return to saucepan; add 2 cups stock and cabbage.
  5. Simmer for 15 minutes over low heat. Add freshly ground pepper and salt to taste.
  6. ENJOY!

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: 8 servings

References: facts and uses/
Foods That Fight Cancer 
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Washington. DC 20009

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      Where would we be without garlic?


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