Garlic was lovingly christened “the stinking rose” by the Romans around the first century. And it has been considered both a wonder food and a miraculous healing herb for thousands of years. The allium family, from which it comes, is one of the oldest cultivated group of plants on earth and it is extremely easy to grow.
Why would you want to grow garlic? There are many good reasons. For example, planting garlic in your rose garden helps protect roses from mildew and black spot. Plus, it keeps moles away (not to mention vampires).
There’s also mounting evidence that garlic has formidable medicinal properties. It was used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Indians and Chinese to treat tumors, headaches, fatigue, wounds, parasites, worms and infections. Athletes at the first Olympics even used garlic for energy and endurance. And there’s research that shows this may be a valid benefit.
In more recent times, Louis Pasteur proved garlic had anti-bacterial properties, Albert Schweitzer used it to treat dysentery and, in World Wars I and II, garlic was used as an antibiotic to prevent infection. Currently, scientific studies link a diet rich in garlic allium to a lower risk of heart disease, infection and even cancer. Wow!
Eric Block, a professor at the State University of New York in Albany, has made garlic chemistry his life’s work. Block believes that many commercial garlic preparations are nearly worthless. “People are throwing their money down the garlic hole by buying things that aren’t properly made,” he said.
Allicin is the component that gives garlic its powerful effect. Larry Lawson, garlic researcher at the Plant Bioactive Research Institute in Orem, Utah, says he has found, “huge variations in the amount of allicin available in commercial supplements.” Click here to see a comparison.
Allicin is what gives garlic its odor, so deodorized products are of no value whatsoever. You must use the stinking rose in all of it’s odiferous glory in order to enjoy the many benefits. And, a supplement by any other name must smell the same!
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