Garlic has a long history of being used for medicinal purposes and, as in the case of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” has even been mythologized as a way to ward off evil.
From the Greeks to the Tibetans and Romans, garlic is infused in our collective history. Before it became a regular addition to pasta dishes, it was known in ancient China as a remedy for depression.
The Egyptians also felt garlic had potential and fed it to their slaves to make them strong. And in India, it was thought to cure lack of appetite, weakness, cough, skin disease and more.
More recently, garlic has cultivated an image as a so-called “superfood” for its medicinal and therapeutic qualities. Packed with vitamins C and B6, manganese and selenium, the bulbous plant is portrayed as a way to help lower high blood pressure, reduce cholesterol and possibly help protect against bowel and stomach cancers.