There has been a lot of talk lately about the benefits of garlic. However, its healing power was known in ancient times. The Egyptian sages recorded on papyrus 22 ways to use garlic for medicinal purposes. In 1858, Louis Pasteur discovered that garlic could kill bacteria. Garlic was used as an antiseptic during both world wars — infantrymen carried it with them and disinfected wounds with it. In 1983, a startling discovery was made at New York University Medical Center. When the skin of experimental mice was lubricated with garlic essential oil, it inhibited the development of tumors. Scientists suggest that garlic inhibits the growth of stomach bacteria, reducing the likelihood of cancer, since some stomach bacteria can form carcinogens. In laboratory experiments with tissue cultures, it was found that the substances contained in garlic slow down the growth of malignant cells in breast cancer and prostate tumors. One reason for the reduced risk of cancer may be that garlic prevents the formation of free radicals. These products of cellular metabolism are more than others involved in the development of tumors due to their ability to damage DNA, cell membranes and protein structures. Garlic has anti-atherosclerotic, hypolipidemic, antibacterial, antifungal properties. The strong bactericidal effect of garlic is associated with its active component allicin, to which it owes a specific smell and taste; in addition, garlic contains phytosterol, ascorbic acid, vitamins A, B6, B3, a complex of minerals. Studies have shown that taking garlic extract can lower blood cholesterol levels. It also lowers triglyceride levels. Elevated cholesterol and triglycerides are known to be a risk factor for heart disease and atherosclerosis. In Germany and Switzerland, garlic is officially recognized as a remedy for high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol. Garlic improves the fluid properties of the blood, preventing the formation of clots and blockage of blood vessels. It also improves the functioning of the immune system: components of garlic significantly increase the activity of phagocytes, T-lymphocytes, macrophages and killer cells. Garlic has antiviral and antifungal properties and is a natural antibiotic. It promotes the release of the respiratory tract, clearing the bronchi of mucus, has an antispasmodic effect. Recently, scientists have discovered another useful property of this unpretentious plant. It turns out that if you take it daily in certain doses, you can put your blood pressure in order. To reach this conclusion, Australian doctors examined data from several hundred patients who took powdered garlic for 5 months. By the end of the trial period, in the vast majority of patients, doctors registered a significant decrease in pressure, while the higher the pressure was initially, the stronger the healing effect turned out to be. According to the authors of the study, it’s all about the allicin contained in garlic. The daily dose of this substance, sufficient for the treatment of hypertension, is presumably 3.6-5.4 milligrams. Although the work is incomplete, the researchers say the discovery could be an important step towards ridding humanity of a host of heart diseases. After all, high blood pressure is not only a symptom, but also the cause of many misfortunes, including heart attacks and strokes. The main functional actions of garlic extract: — lowers cholesterol levels in the blood; — prevents the development of atherosclerosis; — normalizes blood pressure; — has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal effects; — helps to increase immunity; — has an antioxidant effect.