I love garlic. Yes, yes I know this statement of mine will raise a few (OK, maybe a lot of) eyebrows and many will go yuck. But its true. Its strong pungent smell is repulsive to many people and supposedly, as the superstition goes, to the vampires as well. However, its smell does not deter me from absolutely loving it to the extent that I try to put it in almost everything I make. Infact my husband has complained many times about its quantity in the dishes I make. So to satisfy him, I now sometimes make them just for myself and put garlic in them to my heart's content.
But seriously garlic does have many health benefits. I remember my father taking two raw cloves with one teaspoonful of lime juice first thing in the morning every day. This routine was supposed to aid in digestion and increase metabolism thereby effective for weight loss also. Garlic is used for lowering high cholesterol levels, regulating blood sugar and to reduce yeast infections in the body. It helps to make our immune system stronger against cancer, ulcers, hemorrhoids etc. Garlic also helps to prevent blood clots from forming, thus reducing the possibility of strokes. In Buddhist religion garlic is also assumed to have aphrodisiac properties although its smell on one's breath is definitely a turn off.
Some Hindus believe that during Samudramanthan (churning of ocean of milk by Devas(Gods) and Asuras(demons)), two Asuras were able to get access to nectar in their mouths. When the Supreme God came to know about this he cuffed the heads of those Asuras before they could swallow it and as a result nectar fell down on the earth from their mouths in drops which later grew as garlic; that is why the vegetable has such wonderful medicinal properties.
So, I think one should overlook the only negative aspect about garlic i.e. its smell for the whole gamut of health benefits that its consumption has. It is not known as the Wonder Drug for nothing. If you agree with me, look out for my future recipes which will have garlic as one of the ingredients like my last one (Tomato Rice with Capsicum) did.