Uma pesquisa in vivo feita recentemente pela Universidade de Brasília e pela Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária de Hortaliças (Embrapa Hortaliças), em 2010, mostra que o alho pode contribuir para a redução do infarto agudo do miocárdio.
Garlic is used since antiquity as a medicine, being used in ancient Egypt in the composition of various medications. Its antimicrobial properties and its beneficial effects for the heart and blood circulation were recovered in the middle ages. Has a great nutritional value, vitamins (A, B2, B6, C), amino acids, adenosine, mineral salts (iron, Silicon, iodine) and enzymes and biologically active compounds like allicin. Garlic is usually indicated as aid in the treatment of mild hypertension, reducing levels of cholesterol and prevention of atherosclerotic diseases. Garlic also attaches to the ability to prevent colds and other infectious diseases, and to treat fungal and bacterial infections.