Incredible Edible Garlic

I have been a HUGE fan of garlic for as long as I can remember.  It is a staple in my kitchen.  I add minced or powdered garlic to 90% of my savory dishes.

Today I was talking to a colleague and he mentioned to me that he cooked with raw garlic the night before, and now his hands smelled like garlic.  I laughed, and said it happened to me frequently. I actually don’t even notice anymore!   Then I mentioned to him that garlic was so good for us, that it was worth enduring the lingering smell.

When he asked me to elaborate, it occurred to me that I actually didn’t know why garlic is healthy. It was kind of an automatic response, like “the sky is blue”.  I mean, I know garlic is healthy… but for the life of me, I couldn’t remember any specific reasons why.

My lack of knowledge on the topic made me want to research it right away.  And of course, share my findings with you 🙂

Yes, garlic does taste amazingAnd luckily, the research I did DOES indeed confirm garlic’s numerous health benefits!

Here are a few reasons to feel proud of yourself when scoffing down the delicious plant:

  • Lowers Blood Pressure: Studies show that regular consumption of garlic can help lower blood pressure1
  • Lowers Bad Cholesterol: Adding garlic to your diet can reduce levels of LDL cholesterol and reduce triglyceride levels
  • Boost your Immune System: If you feel a cold or flu coming on, start eating more garlic! Garlic is an antiviral and antibacterial, which can kill germs lurking about in the body and encourage a more effective immune system
  • Reduce your Risk of Cancer: Much like boosting the immune system, the compounds in garlic can attack cancerous, tumor-causing cells.
  • Energy Booster: Eating 2-3 cloves of garlic can give you a great energy boost, especially if you are feeling run down from an illness. (I recommend roasting it)
  • Improves Blood Circulation: Consumption of garlic stimulates blood circulation and removes toxins from your blood stream
  • Helps with Diabetes:  Allicin, an extract of garlic, is an anti-diabetic agent that lowers blood glucose levels
  • Eases Arthritis Pain: The anti-inflammatory properties in garlic make it a great defense against arthritis
  • Cure Warts: Simply cut the tip off a fresh clove of garlic and rub it directly on the wart. Repeat nightly until wart is gone

And in case you have found yourself in a stinky situation hours (or days) after you’ve chopped fresh garlic, there is some relief!

  • Stainless Steel: Rub your hands on a stainless steel faucet, spoon or other utensil (I DON’T recommend a knife)
  • Pour some Salt on it: Rub your hands with salt to help nix the scent
  • Try Baking Soda: Never failing to remove other unwelcome scents, baking soda should also help out your hands
  •  Soak ’em in Vinegar: Vinegar will never let you down

1Biomed Central

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7 Responses to The Incredible, Edible Garlic

  1. says:

    Isn’t garlic just amazing?
    Thank you for sharing on Natural Living Monday!

  2. Rachel R. says:

    And, interestingly, different healing aspects of the garlic are found in different constituents of the clove. Some are destroyed by cooking; others aren’t. And some aren’t even released until you crush the garlic. (I have a whole BOOK about garlic! I can’t remember what it’s called, off the top of my head, but it’s fascinating!)

  3. Teresa says:

    Did you notice if the effects are still good if you freeze or roast it?

    • avaughan says:

      Freezing garlic is a great way to preserve it, and shouldn’t have a substantial impact on the health benefits of it. Cooking garlic (up to 15 minutes) can actually enhance its health-promoting properties. By slicing or chopping the garlic first, it increases the amount of allicin produced. Let the garlic rest for 5-10 minutes after cutting to get the most health benefits from it!

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