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Allium sativum (family Liliaceae), its bulb contains up to 0.9% of volatile irritating oil with antiseptic action; has been used as a diaphoretic, diuretic, and expectorant.
Synonym(s): garlic
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A culinary and medicinal perennial plant that contains amino acids and volatile oils (e.g., allicin and vitamins A, B and C) and owes its aroma to the high content of selenium, which is eliminated through the lungs and skin as dimethyl selenide
Chinese medicine Chinese chive, da suan Garlic is used in traditional Chinese medicine as an antimicrobial and general tonic, and for colds, cough, diarrhoea, gastrontestinal complaints, parasites, rheumatic disease, shellfish poisoning, tuberculosis, tumours and vaginitis, as well as to increase internal secretions, and topically for athlete’s foot, fungal and parasitic infections. See Chinese herbal medicine
Herbal medicine In Western herbal medicine, garlic is used internally for atherosclerosis, colds, coughs, flu, gastrointestinal complaints, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, liver and gallbladder disease and as an anthelmintic; as with Chinese herbal medicine, it is used topically for athlete’s foot, fungal and parasitic infections and as a rubefacient. See Herbal medicine
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A herbal product promoted for treatment of vascular disease, dyslipidemias, and hypertension.
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Patient discussion about garlic

Q. Is garlic helpful in heart ailments? I have heard that garlic is very good for cardiac health and using in curries or cooked with foods will be helpful. I have also heard that it has anti-inflammatory substances and also helps in weight loss. Is garlic helpful in heart ailments?

A. It acts as antioxidant and reduces the amount of free radicals in your body. It’s helpful once taken raw. But the raw garlic can cause bad breadth and blistering of skin and diarrhea. So, there should be a reduced intake of raw garlic. It’s better to have garlic in a cooked up form like in curries or with vegetables. This will also give the desired benefits of garlic and the side effect of over consumption of garlic will also be reduced.

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For ages, garlic has been revered as food and medicine and, occasionally, for magical properties.
Most often planted in climates with cold winters, ophioscorodon garlic is called "top-setting," "ophio" or "hardneck" garlic; the family includes Rocambole, Continental and Asiatic types.
It comes from regular garlic exposed to temperatures between 140 to 170 degrees Fahrenheit for a period of three to four weeks.
The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival took place over the weekend (17-18 August) celebrating the UK's most treasured pungent vegetable and one of the most popular culinary ingredients in the world.
Attendees can sample a variety of garlic creations, from expected foods like pastas, sauces and breads, to surprising offerings such as garlic ice cream, candy, cupcakes and cocktails.
Much research has been done and is continuing to evaluate the health benefits derived from consuming garlic, and some studies have shown that certain people are able to lower their risk of colorectal, gastric, and renal cancers, prevent atherosclerosis (clogged arteries) and reduce high blood pressure, high LDL ("bad") cholesterol, and high triglycerides, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).
[USPRwire, Fri Jul 19 2019] The global garlic market is expected to experience moderate growth.
This could be a windfall for the more than 100 garlic growers in Lubang, compared with their earnings in previous years, said Tony Gerundio, Department of Agriculture (DA) director in Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) region.
However, many people have qualms when it comes to eating garlic-heavy dishes as the most common side effect of eating garlic is the smell.
And apparently women are now inserting a clove of garlic in a bid to cure yeast infections - relying on the idea that garlic has anti-fungal properties, reportsThe Mirror.
Summary: According to a study by Fact.MR, the global garlic market is expected to experience moderate growth.
Since the 1950s, scientists have been researching garlic, with particular focus on heart health.