Garlic might be best known as a rich herb used to flavor a variety of foods, but this herb can do more than add a distinct taste to your favorite foods. It is also well-known for its potential health benefits, and its medicinal history dates back to ancient times. More than 500 years ago, garlic was used to address various health conditions such as intestinal disorders, respiratory infections and skin diseases. Today, garlic is commonly used for preventing and treating heart disease, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. It is also thought eating raw or cooked garlic daily may lower the risk of cancer yet there is not enough evidence to support its use at this time and garlic supplements don’t seem to have this same positive effect.