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4 Healthy Reasons to Love Garlic

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Garlic History

  • Once upon a time it was 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?

I was having dinner with some friends one evening. My friend made a stir fry with lots of garlic in it. She told me that she could only eat organic garlic because when she ate non-organic garlic, she would have extreme digestive problems.

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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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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


3:29PM PDT on Jul 16, 2014 garlic.....

3:34AM PDT on Jul 16, 2014

Thank you :)

5:08AM PDT on Jul 1, 2014


10:42AM PDT on Jun 28, 2014

Love and grow garlic every year. If you just can't stand the taste or smell, but still want the health benefits, the Kyolic line of capsules works very well.

5:37AM PDT on Jun 17, 2014

Very interesting

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