A multidrug of the first order, known since remote antiquity. Apparently originating in the semi-desert areas of Kirghiz, it was present on both sides of the Atlantic before Columbus. A broad spectrum antibiotic, it is excellent against bacteria, intestinal parasites and viruses. It reduces both blood pressure and blood cholesterol. It contains a wealth of anti-cancer compounds and it is widely considered one of the best foods against cancer. It is an immune-system booster, and a sound cold medication, possessing decongestant and expectorant qualities. What's more, its disease fighting qualities are not destroyed by cooking, thus making it more acceptable to people who are put off by the powerful smell of the raw product.