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Garlic (Allium sativum) to Prevent Heart Disease

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Order: Asparagales
Family: Alliaceae

Allium sativum , commonly known as garlic. Its close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek, and chive. Garlic has been used throughout recorded history for both culinary and medicinal purposes. It has a characteristic pungent, spicy flavor that mellows and sweetens considerably with cooking. A bulb of garlic, the most commonly used part of the plant, is divided into numerous fleshy sections called cloves. Garlic supplements (as well as topically applied garlic oils, often used in treatment of ear infections) are sold in many health food stores and drugstores. Eating chopped or crushed raw garlic may also offer medicinal benefits .

Allium sativum (Garlic) is typically used to treat or prevent Heart disease (including atherosclerosis, high cholesterol), Cancer, Infections, Colds conditions. Garlic supports the cardiovascular system and helps to lower high cholesterol. It helps decrease the risk factors for developing atherosclerosis, a disease that leads to high blood pressure and other serious heart problems. It may help decrease the fatty deposits on blood vessels and has a mild blood thinning effect. The real reason why garlic and other antioxidants prevent heart disease is that antioxidants stop the oxidation of cholesterol. As long as your arteries and cholesterol are healthy, atherosclerosis won't develop.