According to Charaka Samhita, garlic has diuretic properties. Hence it acts as an excellent heart stimulant and is advised in rheumatic pains. Kidneys are flushed and swelling /dropsy prevented.
Garlic can help in reducing the serum cholesterol level. Daily intake of garlic is known to decrease the bad cholesterol, ldl and improve the good cholesterol, hdl. One clove of garlic a day can bring down cholesterol by about 10%.
Indian researchers have found that garlic contains anticoagulants which discourage clotting of blood, and hence can effectively prevent strokes.
Garlic has minerals like calcium, potassium, phosphorus and iron. It also contains vitamin a, b and c.
Due to its antiseptic properties, it helps eliminate bacteria, and is also beneficial in cases of tb. It even helps in killing viruses responsible for colds and flu.
In women, garlic can cure deficient lactation in nursing mothers.
Raw garlic consumption has anticancer properties too.
Garlic is useful in intestinal affections. It can be taken with meals to control acidity and flatulence.