One of the best weapons against high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, and high blood pressure is in your spice drawer. It is even an antidote to the common cold.

Garlic.

Native to central Asia, garlic is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world and has been grown for over 5000 years. Ancient Egyptians seem to have been the first to cultivate this plant that played an important role in their culture.

Yes, garlic has been a culinary staple worldwide for centuries, while it doubles as a medicinal herb for its antibacterial properties.

According to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database review, garlic rates as “possibly effective” for high blood pressure; atherosclerosis; tick bites; colon, rectal and stomach cancer prevention; and fungal infections of the skin.

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Garlic is available in many forms besides the raw whole bulb. It is the main ingredient in Engage Organics Garlicsaltless. When we blended last week, I was struck by the simple beauty of this herb. It’s porcelain, silky texture was captivating. The aroma made my stomach growl with hunger. I marveled at this herb that’s been dubbed the “poor man’s penicillin.” I couldn’t help but wonder if more people knew about its healing properties they would grab the jar and shake it into everything they cook.

I do. In fact, I can’t cook without this “stinking rose” member of the lily family.

Many people worry about the garlic breath. But the truth is if you don’t chew actual bulbs of garlic, the garlic won’t stay on your breath.

So, give Garlicsaltless a shake into everything you cook for added flavor and the health benefits of an herb that sure has a big, and well deserved, reputation.