Garlic, The Nectar Of The Gods!

Garlic!  The nectar of the gods!!  Where do I begin?!?!

Garlic is an herb, and a close relative to the onion.  It just may be one of the healthiest of foods, used not only in cooking but also medicinally.  It literally is beneficial for most disease and illness; I will discuss a few.  1.  It is a CURE for and helps prevent the common cold.  Garlic is a powerful antioxidant with antimicrobial, antiviral and antibiotic properties. For colds and flues, it also provides decongestant and expectorant effects. Garlic has vitamin C, is loaded with enzymes and minerals such as sulphur and selenium. 2. Garlic lowers blood pressure.  3. Garlic protects against cancer. 

Whether you are trying to prevent, reduce, or cure an illness or disease, or treat a condition, eat garlic.  It has been used for both food and medicine for thousands of years.  You can purchase it as a supplement in pill, capsule, and powder form, garlic oil, extract, and garlic powder.  You can also purchase it already minced.  Garlic is BEST in its fresh form, crushed, whether you are using it as food or medicine.

Garlic produces a chemical called allicin, which gives garlic its smell.  Allicin is diminished greatly in aged garlic, making it odorless, such as those in supplements.  Allicin is what seems to make garlic work for certain conditions. Many of us may be discourage from eating fresh garlic due to “garlic breath”.  "The same sulfuric compounds in garlic that benefit your health circulate to the lungs and are exhaled with your breath, leaving you with dragon mouth for several hours," says Sheryl Barringer, Ph.D., a professor of food science and technology at Ohio State University.  You can neutralize your “garlic breath” naturally.  See Dr. Barringer’s suggestions below:

1. Eat Raw Apples

Apples contain an enzyme that acts as a natural deodorant to the sulphides in garlic that cause bad breath.

2. Drink Lemon Juice

The acid in lemon juice neutralizes alliinase, an enzyme produced by crushing garlic that causes our unfortunate odor situations.

3. Green Tea

Green tea is very high in antioxidants called polyphenols. As with the enzymes in the apple, polyphenols cover up the odor-causing chemicals in garlic.

Sheryl Barringer, states that it is best to use the bad breath cures at the same time you’re eating garlic, so add apples to that salad with the garlicky dressing or use  some lemon juice in your garlic dip.

You can also ward off garlic breath by chewing on a sprig of parsley—the chlorophyll in it works as a natural breath freshener.  To help remove garlic stink from your hands and cutting board, try rubbing them with a wedge of lemon or on a stainless-steel surface such as a faucet.

Garlic is celebrated; there are even garlic festivals celebrating the herb in things like ice cream and chocolate.

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