Garlic is not only a tasty ingredient but it also offers several health benefits. Garlic is packed with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. It is also anti-inflammatory, great for a healthy heart and can even function as a natural antibiotic. Its closest relatives are the onion, shallot, leek, chive and the Chinese onion. It was known to the ancient Egyptians and was used as a food flavoring as well as a traditional medicine.