Benefits of Garlic

English: A basket of garlic (allium sativum) o...

English: A basket of garlic (allium sativum) offered for sale at the farmers’ market in Rochester, Minnesota (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If garlic had been created in the laboratory instead of by nature, it would probably be a high-priced prescription drug.

It’s a common saying- everyone knows garlic is good medicine.. That’s just how good it really is…

Garlic is one of the oldest known medicinal plants, and it’s been credited with fighting heart disease, lowering blood pressure and helping to fight off colds.

In fact, garlic has been used medicinally for at least 3,000 years, but until relatively recently its benefits were considered little more than folklore. According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (Nov. 28, 1990;264:2614), the therapeutic roles of garlic have been described in more than 1,000 scientific studies.

Most of the modern research on garlic has concentrated on its ability to lower cholesterol and blood pressure as well as offering protection against strokes and heart disease.

The following is a more detailed account of what garlic does for various organs in the human body:

1. Protection of the liver from toxic substances:

Garlic activates the cells of the liver and thereby protects the liver from toxic substances; it also rejuvenates a tired liver and promotes its normal functioning.

2. Improvement of blood circulation:

When allicin is heated in the process of cooking the garlic, a beeficial substance is formed. This substance has a suppressive effect on thrombi and blood cholesterol, so it is effective for the treatment of atherosclerosis and thrombosis.

3. Regulation of stomach function:

Allicin promotes the secretion of gastric juices by stimulating the mucous membranes of the stomach; furthermore, it combines with proteins which can reduce excessive activity of the stomach. In addition, allicin reglates the functioning of the stomach by activating the large intestine and thus cure both constipation and diarrhea.

4. Promotion of insulin secretion:

Allicin combines with vitamin B1 (thiamine) to activate the function of the pancreas and thus promote insulin secretion. As a result, garlic is effective in the prevention or the cure of diabetes that is caused by a lack of insulin or by the defective functioning of the pancreas.

5. Normalization of blood circulation:

Because it stimulates the brain nerves and controls the workings of the heart at a constant level, garlic stabilizes blood pressure. It is also capable of dissolving cholesterol and fatty substances inside blood vessels and therefore refreshing cells and the blood inside the body.

Today, there is worldwide scientific evidence to support the many health benefits that can be derived from the daily consumption of garlic.

  • Extensive tests on humans have concluded that a regular intake of garlic can:
  • Lower total cholesterol (but raise the good-type HDL cholesterol)
  • Produce more “natural killer” cells in the blood that will tackle infections and tumors
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce the risk of blood clots (that are responsible for most heart attacks and strokes)
  • Destroy infection causing viruses and bacteria

Garlic is classified as both an herb and a vegetable. It can be found in products ranging from ice cream to dry rubs; the versatility of this herb is seemingly endless.

Tips for cooking with garlic:

1. Before cooking, remove the exterior skin of the clove. There are many ways to do this: strike the bulb with the broad side of a kitchen knife, use a rubber garlic rolling tube, soak the garlic in lukewarm water for 30 minutes or dip the cloves into boiling water for 30 seconds. A great clip on uTube shows a chef putting the cloves of garlic into a silver mixing bowl, turning another mixing bowl on top and holding the two together and shaking vigorously. Result – peeled garlic cloves!

2. After skinning the garlic, select a cooking method that will result in the appropriate flavor. It can be sautéed to create a nutty, savory taste; poached to create a mild flavor; oven-roasted to bring out the nutty flavor with a caramelized quality; fried to create a crisp exterior; or grilled to create a soft, smoky flavor.

3. Garlic is very sensitive to heat and will burn easily, especially when sautéing. Expose the garlic to heat just until the oil sizzles and then remove it. When cooking garlic with onions, start the onions first. They will take longer to cook.

4. Roasted Garlic is delicious – cut off the top of the garlic ball, put it on a small plate. pour some oil and salt over the cut tops. cover with a bowl to make a small oven. Bake in the oven or microwave. – Delish.

Benefits of Garlic: Cancer Prevention

Indeed, the first scientific report to study garlic and cancer was performed in the 1950s. Scientists injected allicin, an active ingredient from garlic, into mice suffering from cancer. Mice receiving the injection survived more than 6 months whereas those which did not receive the injection only survived 2 months.

(Oh, if you all have a taste of the garlic dish, no one has smelly breath! – you only smell the garlic if you didn’t have any. Also eat some parsley to mask the garlic breath. Garlic breath means its working. Small price to pay for the abundant health benefits:)

The following great tips are from Greg. Visit his blog here. http://Gregsarmas.wordpress.com

“Make sure to recharge your soil or at least rotate the garlic around the garden every year. It’s a heavy heavy nitrogen feeder and the soil around it will need a rest. What variety are you growing? Is it a hard neck variety? Those do better in Illinois than the soft neck varieties. The best part of the hard necks are the scapes, or the flowers. I used to bring mine to a local pizza place and have them roast them right onto the top of the pizza. You can even just lightly fry them in butter and they’re unbelievable! It’s definitely one that should be used with caution as you may offend those around you. This is one of the best super foods, and the easiest to plant and grow. Just throw them in ground in the fall, mulch over with straw or leaf litter and watch in amazement!”

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5 thoughts on “Benefits of Garlic

  1. Make sure to recharge your soil or at least rotate the garlic around the garden every year. It’s a heavy heavy nitrogen feeder and the soil around it will need a rest. What variety are you growing? Is it a hard neck variety? Those do better in Illinois than the soft neck varieties. The best part of the hard necks are the scapes, or the flowers. I used to bring mine to a local pizza place and have them roast them right onto the top of the pizza. You can even just lightly fry them in butter and they’re unbelievable! It’s definitely one that should be used with caution as you may offend those around you. This is one of the best super foods, and the easiest to plant and grow. Just throw them in ground in the fall, mulch over with straw or leaf litter and watch in amazement!

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