It’s not new, but garlic is well worth repeating! This small, inexpensive food is a healthy kitchen must-have! If you’re worried about garlicky breath, chew some parsley, cilantro, or other chlorophyll-rich greens to neutralize the odor.
Scientific research has proven that garlic has numerous health benefits. These include its ability to increase blood flow by lowering bad cholesterol and keeping blood cells from clumping together. One study found that garlic helped to keep the heart’s main artery (aorta) more elastic in healthy adults ages 50 to 80.
Garlic helps activate the body’s immune system against bacteria, viruses, candida, mold, and parasites. Researchers at Kansas State University discovered that adding 3 to 5 teaspoons of garlic powder to 2 pounds of ground beef helped to protect against E. coli poisoning! Fresh garlic would be even more potent.
During World War II, Russian soldiers used garlic to fight off infections when penicillin was scarce.
Research in China discovered that people who ate a lot of garlic had fewer cases of cancer in the stomach and esophagus than those who didn’t. Garlic contains substances that help protect the body from damage. Other studies have linked eating garlic with lower risks of colon, prostate, skin, bladder, and lung cancers!
Garlic has been shown to help lower blood sugar, and it’s one of the few plant foods that contains vitamin B-12!
Choose firm garlic bulbs with white, papery skin, and avoid brown ones. Keep it in a dry, cool place, and don’t store it in a plastic bag. I keep mine on the kitchen counter, near the stove, under a ceramic dome. My garlic press is in a drawer nearby, making it quick and convenient to add garlic often. My husband likes to cook with the pre-chopped garlic that you can buy in glass jars and keep in the refrigerator. I also keep organic garlic powder on hand.
Press fresh garlic into soups, salads, sauces, and stir-fries just before serving. Add to guacamole, mashed potatoes, and pizza.
Italian Butter: Combine 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil with 1/4 to 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1/8 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, and several cloves of fresh garlic (minced or crushed). Adjust all spices to taste, and use fresh herbs in place of dried whenever possible. Enjoy with whole-grain bread, pasta, or add lemon juice for a salad dressing.
Sore Throat Remedy: Combine 1 tablespoon raw honey, 1/2 tablespoon crushed garlic cloves, and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to tolerance). Eat as is, spread on sprouted whole-grain toast, whole-grain crackers, apples, or pears. The honey and garlic both have antibacterial and antiviral properties that will coat the throat, and the cayenne helps bring circulation to the area and soothe inflammation.
If you are taking blood-thinning medication, check with your doctor before adding garlic to your diet.
Now you know!
Keep learning to be healthy!
Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Natural Health Care Coach
1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat disease. It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need.