Stay Young and Healthy by Eating Garlic

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Garlic is so full of flavor, found in many of our favorite dishes and is an integral part of Italian and Indian food, tasty soups, hearty dinners and warm lunches. But its health benefits are what make it so absolutely essential to an organic lifestyle.
Garlic is an antibacterial, anti-fungal and helps regulate stomach acids that prevent an upset stomach.

Eat a clove or two of raw garlic in the morning on an empty stomach to reap the rewards. This is nature’s antibiotic, but you have to take it the right way to get full mileage out of it.

 

The History of Garlic

The first recorded use of garlic took place in Mesopotamia.  A document found dated to 1500 B.C. provided evidence that garlic was used to cure heart disease and tumors, and to increase stamina.

The English word garlic comes from the Gaelic word “garleac” which means “spear leek”.

In Ancient Greece, athletes took garlic for strength, perseverance and to achieve better performance during the Olympics.

In the middle ages, people ate garlic to protect against the plague, and hung bulbs at the entrance to homes to prevent evil spirits from entering.

 

An Abundance of Health Benefits

The ancients knew garlic was healthy, but modern science has proven its usefulness, too.

Among the vitamins found in garlic are manganese, vitamin C, selenium and vitamin B6. These vitamins help strengthen the immune system.

Garlic plays a role in preventing heart disease and cardiovascular disease and the compounds in garlic work to lower blood pressure.

Another powerful health property of garlic is its power as an antioxidant. Free radicals contribute to aging, dementia and other issues associated with getting older. Consuming garlic in considerable quantities can slow the aging process and prevent dementia and the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Possible Side Effects of Garlic

Side effects of garlic are generally harmless like causing irritation, at worst. Garlic can cause a burning sensation in the mouth and stomach and heartburn.  It also has a strong odor.  Some also say it can increase the risk associated with bleeding.

 

Here is a Simple Salad using Fresh Garlic

Ingredients:

1 head of your choice of lettuce

A handful of ripe tomatoes

A half a cucumber

2 cloves of garlic cut into tiny pieces

2 tablespoons of olive oil

A splash of apple cider vinegar

 

Directions:

  1. Chop the lettuce into bite size pieces. Slice the tomato and the cucumber, toss together in a large bowl.
  2. Cut the garlic cloves in tiny pieces, first removing the outer husk.
  3. Mix the garlic with the vegetables in the salad.
  4. Top with the olive oil and the apple cider vinegar and combine well.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste, serve immediately.

 

Finally, make sure you select the organic garlic quality. Buy it from a local farmer whenever possible. Let your food be your medicine!

 

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Comments

  1. Jordan says:

    Thanks for this post! I had no idea garlic could lower blood pressure. And it’s so versatile to add to things since it gives a lot of plain things some great flavor. I’ll have to try that salad recipe!

    • Joyce says:

      Yes Jordan.
      If more people knew how many benefits garlic has, they would use it more.
      Thanks for visiting.