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4 Healthy Reasons to Love Garlic

4 Healthy Reasons to Love Garlic

The stinking rose, as garlic is known, is more than just smelly. It has many health benefits and is even an aphrodisiac.

Discover its unique benefits, its history, and enjoy some tasty recipes.

Garlic owes its smell to a sulfur compound. The fact that it stinks isn’t unique–sulfur compounds are renowned for their nasty odors. In fact, sulfur compounds in intestinal gas are responsible for the smell of flatulence. Those sulfur compounds are pretty potent stuff, considering that they make up just one percent of the total intestinal gas released!

Health Benefits of Garlic

1. Garlic Reduces Cholesterol

There many studies confirming that garlic in several forms can reduce cholesterol. (Silagy CS, Neil HAW, 1994, The Journal of the Royal College of Physicians, Vol 28 No 1:39-45)

2. Garlic is an Aphrodisiac

Tibetan monks were forbidden from entering the monasteries if they had eaten garlic. It stirs up passions due to its ability to increase the circulation.

3. Garlic is an Antioxidant

Researchers have widely believed that the organic compound, allicin, which gives garlic its aroma and flavor, acts as the world’s most powerful antioxidant. But until now it hasn’t been clear how allicin works, or how it stacks up compared to more common antioxidants such as Vitamin E and coenzym. Research Sheds Light on Health Benefits of Garlic.

Traditional Chinese medicine used of garlic for more than 3,000 years. Current research is trying to determine the role it could play in treating many health problems such as heart disease and stroke to possibly helping to prevent cancer and increasing your immune system.

4. Garlic is an Antibiotic

The allicin in garlic is also a powerful antibiotic, which fights infection and bacteria. British researchers gave 146 people either a placebo or a garlic extract for 12 weeks. The garlic takers were two-thirds less likely to catch a cold. Other studies suggest that garlic lovers who chow more than six cloves a week have a 30 percent lower rate of colorectal cancer and a 50 percent lower rate of stomach cancer. Garlic helps to open clogged sinuses.

Listen to a garlic lover (me) and a garlic hater argue about these benefits: Garlic Health Benefits.

 

Garlic History

  • Garlic was once used as currency.
  • In the days of the pharaohs, ancient Egyptians considered garlic so valuable that they placed it in tombs, including in King Tut’s.
  • Ancient Greeks gave it to Olympian athletes for strength and stamina.
  • In India, 5,000-year-old Sanskrit records describe its curative properties.

Why should you let Garlic sit for 5–10 minutes?

To get most health benefits from garlic, let it sit for a minimum of 5 minutes, after cutting and before eating or cooking. Waiting 5–10 minutes allows the health-promoting allicin to form. If you do not let it sit, allicin is never formed, so it is worth the wait. What is Allicin?

 

Ultimate Garlic Recipe: Simple Garlic Zucchini

For some, this zucchini is just an excuse to add extra garlic. Either way, it’s a heavenly combination!

Ingredients:

2 large zucchinis
10 cloves of garlic*
Almond oil
Sea salt

Directions:

  1. Grate 2 large zucchinis.
  2. Chop 10 cloves of garlic
  3. Sauté zucchini and garlic in almond oil till soft for 5 minutes.
  4. Add salt to taste.
  5. Serve

 

More Garlic Recipes

Lentil Stew This savory soup has all the benefits of the mighty powerfood, lentils plus much more.

Chinese Vegetables The Real Food For Life version of a classic dish.

Vegetable Stew Quick and easy like the Simple Garlic Zuchinni but with added onions, and carrots.

Onion Gravy Everyone needs a great tasting healthy gravy like this.

Do you like garlic?  If so, make a comment.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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6:36AM PST on Nov 28, 2014

Why should you let Garlic sit for 5–10 minutes?

To get most health benefits from garlic, let it sit for a minimum of 5 minutes, after cutting and before eating or cooking. Waiting 5–10 minutes allows the health-promoting allicin to form. If you do not let it sit, allicin is never formed, so it is worth the wait.

Yes garlic is a potent elixir of health. didn't realise cutting it and resting it for 5 minutes or more is very beneficial. So must keep that in mind from now on. Thank you so much for interesting post.

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2:37PM PDT on Sep 27, 2014

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5:23AM PDT on Aug 12, 2014

Garlic is wonderful to grow and certainly has many uses. It is certainly something that I would not be without. There are festivals that celebrate garlic in many parts of the world.

12:00PM PDT on Aug 9, 2014

Being a recurring malaria patient, Eating garlic with every breakfast has caused mosquitos to almost land, or land on my skin, taking off again immediately. They occasionally hover near me for awhile, then disappear.

3:08AM PDT on Aug 9, 2014

Use it often

4:22AM PDT on Jul 18, 2014

I like garlic!

7:59PM PDT on Jul 16, 2014

Thanks

3:29PM PDT on Jul 16, 2014

thanks...love garlic.....

3:34AM PDT on Jul 16, 2014

Thank you :)

5:08AM PDT on Jul 1, 2014

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