'Garlic has long been considered a superfood. In ancient Greece, Dioscorides [De Materia Medica] claimed that garlic was excellent for cleaning out arteries and opening obstructions. However, he did warn that, if used in excess, it would stir up lust and provoke lechery.'
Whelan, E.M. & Stare, F.J. (1992) Panic in the Pantry. Prometheus Books, Amherst, NY.
[with thanks to Stephen Barrett, MD.]