Garlic is one of the earth's greatest health tonics and does indeed have scientifically-proven medicinal properties. It has been used by humans for thousands of years and was used in Ancient Egypt for both culinary purposes and its therapeutic benefits.
It contains a substance called Allicin, which has anti-bacterial properties that are equivalent to a weak penicillin. It is a natural antibiotic and is useful in treating everything from allergies to tonsillitis.
The original Olympic athletes in Ancient Greece were given garlic - possibly the earliest example of "performance enhancing" agents used in sports.
Garlic contains many sulfur compounds which detoxify the body, boost the immune system, lower blood pressure and improve circulation. It is a great blood cleanser and will reduce blood cholesterol if taken regularly.
Garlic has also demonstrated anti-cancer, antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-oxidant effects.
Studies show that regular consumption of (primarily raw) garlic:
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