The medicinal benefits of garlic have been recorded since ancient times. Archaeological evidence suggests that garlic has been cultivated in Central Asia from at least 3000 BC. A member of the onion family, garlic has been used to treat bronchitis, colds, whooping cough, and influenza.
Modern research suggests that it may have a role to play in heart health.
Garlic should be eaten as soon as possible after crushing and raw if possible to reap the most health benefits.
Once it is eaten, the aromatic compounds are excreted via the lungs and skin which is why it can be smelt on our breath after having a garlic-rich meal. Eating parsley is said to help overcome the smell of garlic on the breath.