Garlic has been used through the centuries for both medicinal and culinary purposes. It is believed to have come from Asia over 6,000 years ago. The remedies of this curative bulb have been used in India for over 5,000 years. The Chinese are believed to have used it for their medicinal purposes since the year 1550 B.C. The Egyptians used it to give the construction workers, on the pyramids, more vigor. This remarkable plant has been formidable for therapeutic and prophylactic purposes throughout history.
Garlic Attacks Acryl Amide
A byproduct of cooking, acryl amide, which contains carcinogenic properties is said to be removed by the presence of cooking garlic. This means that your food is much safer when you add a sprinkle of garlic to the ingredients. A compound known as allacin is said to be responsible for the medicinal benefits of the bulb; the compound is an antioxidant and is responsible for taste and aroma. The power of the compound can be exhibited by the persistence of “garlic breath” when you eat it. If your breath reeks after a nice Italian dinner, it is probably a good thing – you’ve been battling carcinogens!
A Natural Pest Antagonist
Garlic can also be used to keep pests out of your garden. It has an enzyme known as aliinase, which is a repellent for most pests. You can prepare a solution by crushing the cloves and adding water to the mush, which you can then rub prodigiously over your skin or whatever you want to make bug-proof. The compound is formed in spurts rather than continuously, therefore you should choose mature cloves for the best results.
Another compound that is beneficial in garlic is ajoene. This compound has been found to have anti-carcinogenic properties. It also has antimicrobial and antifungal properties. When you eat garlic, you are less likely to suffer from yeast infections. The bulb veggie has also been used to treat athlete’s foot. It is best to use garlic in its natural form rather than processed, as with most natural remedies, as some of the benefits are lost in translation. Heat, for example, destroys most of the beneficial compounds found in garlic.
Ready for the Summer
Garlic is fairly easy to grow and can be cultivated at any time of the year as long as the climate is fair. In areas where there is winter, it is best to grow during the autumn. This will allow the plant to grow and sprout roots before the winter sets in. During winter, garlic shoots tend to rest, and when the warmer months come in spring the plant will continue growing. The hot weather of summer enables garlic to mature. This is the best time to harvest your plant.
Garlic is a truly amazing vegetable, and you should make it part of your diet, in order to benefit from its myriad amazing properties.