The garlic herb can be known by a variety of other names such as Ail, Ajo, Allii Sativi Bulbus, Allium, Allium sativum, Camphor of the Poor, Da Suan, Lasun, Lasuna, Rason or Rust Treacle. Garlic cloves are commonly made into aged garlic extracts or garlic oil that are especially potent. But don't be fooled! Different preparation methods may impact the body's garlic uptake rate, but they don't alter any of the benefits listed below.
As if that isn't enough, garlic is a great natural anti-fungal that has been used in treating fungal infections (i.e. ringworm, jock itch & athletes foot), warts and corns. Just be careful if using garlic for warts (especially if using on sensitive skin) because excessive application of garlic has been known to cause chemical burns resulting in unpleasant skin boils.
Although there are a lot of variations on how garlic and garlic supplements are sold online for health use, most of the magic is created by the main active ingredient allicin, an organosulfur compound that is responsible for the distinctive garlic smell. Practically, that means if you can't smell the garlic then it’s probably got less allicin and is less healthy for you!
Allicin is the defense garlic evolved against pests and disease and it's also great when taken orally or applied topically by humans. Garlic is an antioxidant because when allicin decomposes it forms a sulfenic acid that bind to free-radicals. The half-life of sulfenic acid in cut or crushed garlic is less than 1 second, though, so make sure you sure you use don't unnecessarily bruise the garlic when peeling and use it right away after cutting!
Allicin also has known antimicrobial properties. That means that adding garlic on your pizza can help boost your immune system and add an extra line of defense against your next bacterial infection.
Lastly, allicin has antiviral activities in vitro and in vivo and is known to be particularly effective against multiple strains of viruses.
What other delicious topping do you know that is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral?
There is a long list of conditions and symptoms that are alleviated by prepared garlic cloves or garlic extracts. Here is a list of heart or blood related conditions that may be modestly improved with garlic: