Garlic is a member of the Allium family which is the same family onions, shallots and leeks belong to.

Garlic has natural medicinal properties and has been used as a medicine for centuries. Garlic contains allicin which is released into the body when the garlic is eaten through the digestive tract and releases it’s health giving properties.

Garlic or a garlic supplement can more than halve the chance of catching a cold and reduces the time to cure the cold from an average of five days to just over a day.

Four cloves of garlic a day is sufficient to dramatically reduce blood pressure and is as effective as taking drugs but medical advice should always be sought before stopping or reducing drugs.

Garlic has been shown to lower cholesterol particularly LDL cholesterol by around 10% to 15% so this may prevent heart attacks caused by arteries furring up.

Garlic contains antioxidants which helps the body age slower including the prevention of the onset of alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Garlic has few calories but contains high quantities of nutrients including, manganese, vitamins B1, B6 and C, selenium, calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorus and Iron.

Including garlic in your daily diet can improve longevity, general health and resistance to disease whilst being low in calories so it is a highly recommended food.