Garlic: Smelly, Magical, Good for You

While searching for healthy remedies can sometimes be nerve wrecking, quite often they are already in your own kitchen.

“Garlic can cure a host of sicknesses,” said Dr.Stephen Sinatra, founder of Heart MD institute.

One of the smallest and cheapest things you can find in your local grocery store can actually rescue you.

“I have heard before that garlic can help you with a cold, but nothing much more than that, ” Santeria Johnson said, 18, first-year civil engineering major from Cleveland.

Garlic is used to help prevent cancer, blood clots, hypertension, high cholesterol and can cure strep throat and diarrhea.

“My biggest insecurity is my acne. I spend hundreds of dollars per year on Proactive to control it,” a senior FAMU DRS student said.

If you have acne, the antibiotic and blood-cleansing properties in garlic can actually clear your skin up.

Try crushing or chopping it up in your food, that way you release garlic’s active compound: allicin.

“I don’t ever cook with garlic, its just not my swag,” said Lambert Smith, 20, a third-year psychology student from Miami.

It is best to have garlic raw, but if you can’t handle it that way, add it to your pot during the last 10 minutes of cooking.

Another way to use this all-around remedy is to put a few cloves of the herb in some olive oil and use it as a salad dressing.

“I love garlic bread and a lot of dishes that come with garlic, I just don’t think garlic is something you should eat on a date or too far away from your toothbrush,” said Latasha Johnson, 22, a fourth-year Architecture student, joked.

Why does is the scent of garlic so pungent? Allicin is a smelly, oily liquid touched that serves as the antibiotic element in garlic. It is responsible for the plant’s various medicinal effects.

So never mind the stink breath and pungent taste of it, a clover a day keeps the doctor away.