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Garlic; Health Benefits
In the 1940"s scientists found a crucial substance in garlic called alliin. It has proven that once broken down, this substance releases molecules that can help reduce cholesterol, reduce the risk of eclampsia during pregnancy and, because it helps improve the circulation, can help prevent impotence.
Most significant is the role in the prevention of cancer. Research suggests that garlic works as an anti-carcinogen and that my injecting a compound called diallyl disulphide, made when raw garlic is cut or crushed, tumours can be reduced.
As far as health is concerned, the most effective garlic is the one which has been left raw or lightly cooked, because it has more beneficial compounds.
Medicinal uses: garlic has been shown to reduce blood pressure, and reduce sugar levels. A decaying tooth will hurt less if packed with garlic pulp until treatment can be obtained. See 'Garlic'
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