Garlic is part of the onion family (genus) and is a native plant of Iran and Central Asia. It has a long history of use as a food seasoning/flavoring and traditional medicine.
Garlic is known to have antibacterial properties. Louis Pasteur, the inventor of the pasteurization process, found that garlic was a good antibiotic. Bacillus anthracis, which causes anthrax is said to be very sensitive to garlic. Garlic has been shown to kill bacteria and also protect the body from pathogens ( viruses, bacteria, protozoa, fungi).
The active ingredient in garlic is allicin. Studies have shown that there are two different substances in garlic, alliin and allinase which are both held in separate compartments within the garlic clove. When the clove is crushed, the two substances contact each other and form allicin. The allicin has a short life because it reacts with the proteins surrounding it, but a British scientist, Dr Peter Josling, states that he has found a way to stabilize alicin and has produced consumable allicin capsules and also an allicin anti bacterial gel. Both products seem to have good reviews.
I first came across the product several years ago when I was suffering from a bad case of the flu. I was searching for a natural product to alleviate the symptoms. I bought some capsules and I found that they worked very well for me, they didn’t just get rid of the symptoms, but seemed to kill the flu. Now, I have a supply of capsules at the ready in the medical cabinet. I should take one every day but I normally start taking one capsule per day as soon as I feel the first symptoms of a cold or flu and continue for a couple of days after the symptoms have disappeared. I would like to take one per day, every day because the allicin is believed to have a beneficial effect for many different illnesses, but it is sort of expensive. Of course, garlic ( and I am sure allicin also) keeps the vampires away.
You can do your own research by entering “Allicin C”, “Allicin Gel” and “Peter Josling” into a search engine. You can also check out a website called “Garlic Wise”. I haven’t added any links, I am not affiliated with any of the products, I just found that allicin for me.