Garlic is an herb, known as the "Stinking Rose" because of its smell. It is best known as a flavoring for food, but over the years, has been used as a medicine to help prevent or treat a wide range of diseases and conditions. The fresh clove or supplements made from the clove are used for medicine. Garlic has sulfur-containing compounds that impact many health benefits. It has been shown to be antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal. Such benefits include fighting viruses, parasites and yeast infections. Garlic may help increase protection against many forms of cancer, help lower blood pressure and help with weight control.