Hippocrates said, "Let food be thy medicine", surely he meant
therapeutic viands like garlic, known for properties beyond being a
taste enhancer in recipes.
native to Central Asia, garlic is being used by humans since 7000
years. Have you ever thought why only garlic is believed in myths to
ward off vampires and evil spirits? In fact this wonder food has more
uses than you can think of, and some really interesting ones.
Garlic is said to be the flag-bearer of white magic in Europe. Central
European legends describe garlic as a powerful ward against evil spirits
In Islam it is recommended that garlic should not be had before going
to Mosque as its smell is distracting. A large section of Hindus do not
eat it for a similar reason. For them it is a taboo because it increases
carnal desires and destroys piousness. Followers of Jainism and some
sections of Buddhism completely shun it for this very reason.
3. Fear of garlic is medically defined as Alliumphobia.
Burning garlic with camphor keeps away mosquitoes, insects and flies.
Crushed garlic mixed with water is a green alternative to insecticides.
5. Garlic contains 17 amino acids. Amino acids are essential to nearly every bodily function, and make up 75% of the human body.
6. If you wonder why Chinese food has so much garlic, here's the answer-China produces 66% of world's garlic.
7. Garlic was used as an antiseptic against gangrene in the First World War when the sulphor stocks depleted.
Garlic not just is good for heart as it brings down cholesterol levels.
It also fights cough and cold and is a pro-biotic and keeps the gut
9. To remove the odour of garlic from hands, rub them on a stainless steel object under cold water.
10. April 19th is observed as Garlic Day.