'Garlic (Allium sativum), an herb used widely as a flavoring in cooking, has also been used as a medicine throughout ancient and modern history to prevent and treat a wide range of conditions and diseases.
Garlic belongs to the onion genus Allium, and is closely related to the onion, rakkyo, chive, leek, and shallot. It has been used by humans for thousands of years and was used in Ancient Egypt for both culinary purposes and its therapeutic benefits.
This MNT Knowledge Center feature is part of a collection of articles on the health benefits of popular foods. It provides a brief history of garlic being used in food and medicine and also highlights its potential therapeutic properties.'