Well so it makes your breath a little stinky! Garlic positively impacts your overall health and wellbeing. Why is garlic so stinky? Garlic’s strong flavor can be attributed to the same property that makes it healthy for your body! The compound responsible for garlic's disease-fighting abilities is allicin, which can also be found (but in smaller amounts) in some white vegetables and onions.

Garlic has been used as a healing herb for thousands of years, given to slaves building pyramids in ancient Egypt, by whom the herb was considered sacred. In the Middle Ages, garlic was used to ward off diseases and plague, known everywhere for its health-bearing properties. During the 6th century BC, garlic was introduced to India by migrating peoples and began being utilized for medicinal purposes. In modern day culture, garlic is grown all over the world, and is used for both its unique and powerful taste in the cuisines around the world, as well as its health properties recognized by people worldwide. 

The allicin in garlic can only be obtained when fresh garlic is mashed or chopped and exposed to air for a few minutes. This means that the properties of garlic powder do not have the same healthy benefits as garlic that is obtained fresh. So make the trip to your grocery store and buy fresh heads (also called “bulbs”) of garlic; they will last for months on a countertop outside of your fridge. You can mince or pulverize the garlic into your next recipe, and then experience the powerful health benefits it has for you and your family.

Along with being a great flavoring in most of your favorite dishes, garlic is also a powerful therapeutic herb. The properties of allicin can help lower high blood pressure and high cholesterol and is heart healthy for its ability to reduce blood clotting. Garlic is a natural antibiotic that works fantastic against combating fungal infections. Garlic has the power to stimulate your immune system through antibacterial and antiviral effects. 

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