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Garlic has always been an integral part of eastern medicine, and also has been known to be linked to both the immune system and cardiovascular health.
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A compound in garlic, called diallyl sulphide, is an antibiotic, anti-fungal body that is released when a garlic bulb sprouts into cloves, and it may be responsible for garlic's long history of traditional medicine. In Germany, garlic tablets are prescribed to patients with atherosclerosis, otherwise recognized as the hardening of the arteries by build up fat and cholesterol, as a treatment for the disease.