Every time one of my friends or family members came to me asking for health support I would always suggest garlic for them. So what is so great about garlic you ask?
Garlic is one of the best antimicrobial there is. That means it kills bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi, and it has even been helpful with worms. It does a better job at this when it is fresh and raw then when it is cooked or has been chopped and packaged for a long period of time, like with most uses of garlic.
It is a helpful anti-inflammatory, making it useful for a person with any injuries or inflammatory health conditions. It will also help with that stuffy nose when you blow and nothing comes out-reducing the inflammation. That also means that it is good for any physical injuries, reducing overall inflammation in the body. A very large portion of all upsets we experience are related to inflammation and reducing the overall inflammatory load of the body by eating garlic every day can greatly reduce any pains in the body as well as the tension associated with stress.
On top of this, eating a clove of garlic is almost equivalent to taking a vitamin with it’s wide variety of essential compounds contained in it. It even contains those hard to get B vitamins for those who are vegetarian and vegan.
Finally, there is also some evidence that garlic can be helpful in preventing cancer. This is best taken with your cruciferous vegetables, which have the highest food evidence for preventing cancer.
For more information on the health benefits of garlic, visit World’s Healthiest Foods
What about garlic on a daily basis?
Garlic is easily added to many foods but it often ends up being cooked through this method. For a raw basil and garlic pesto recipe be sure to subscribe. We will be posting this towards the end of our garlic series. Making or eating hummus is also a great way to get more raw garlic in your diet.
You can also infuse garlic, ginger, and hot peppers together in some apple cider vinegar to make a great salad dressing. Fill a jar with the cut plants and then cover with the vinegar and let it sit for a week or two. Strain and enjoy. This can also be made into a decorative container to give as a gift to others. Check out our post later this month on Fire Cider
Another option is to make an onion garlic syrup that you can find more about in our kitchen medicine class.
Do you have another way to get raw garlic into your diet? Let us know in the comments. Don’t be afraid to cook with garlic too. Having 1-2 cloves a day should be a goal to use these tips for staying healthy year round, 2-3 cooked. Enjoy this tasty medicinal herb and have fun!
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