Garlic is a unique gift of nature and a perfect addition to meals, salads, and dips. However, despite the fantastic flavour, unique aroma, and finger-licking taste it adds to our food, garlic is ranked as one of the healthiest foods on the planet.
A study conducted by The Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy at Washington State University concentrated on one of the most common bacteria, called Campylobacter.
These bacteria are the leading cause of various terrible food-borne illnesses leading to diarrhea, fever and abdominal pain.
The findings showed that garlic can kill it 100 times more efficiently than commonly used antibiotics like erythromycin and ciprofloxacin. Furthermore, experts discovered that it works in a fraction of the time.
Despite its remarkable antibiotic powers, garlic also offers many different health benefits:
Garlic increases the immune system by stimulating the cells and increasing their efficacy
It cleans the blood from toxic heavy metals and reduces the side-effects of toxicity
Garlic carries beneficial composites that lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases
The consumption of garlic can lower the risk of cancer
Garlic can help you get better sooner if you have cold or flu
It is a natural way to decrease blood pressure and is as powerful as Atenolol
Dr. Josh Axe, DC, DMN, CNS advises:
“Garlic is best used raw for microbial properties, although cooked garlic still has a lot of value. In fact, the antioxidant value is equal (or sometimes even higher) when cooked, which is counterintuitive because, for most foods, cooking tends to decrease nutritional content.
Whether you’re ultimately using garlic raw or cooked, you can up the garlic benefits by chopping or crushing it and letting it sit before eating it or heating it for a recipe. The chopping activates alliinase enzymes in the garlic’s cells, and the sitting allows these enzymes to convert some of the garlic’s allin into allicin.
Allicin then rapidly breaks down to form a variety of organosulfur compounds. Scientists suggest allowing garlic to stand for 10 minutes after chopping or crushing before cooking it.”
All research, new and old, leads to the conclusion that garlic is an absolute advocate for a healthy, happy lifestyle. And what’s best about it is that garlic is very easy to include in your diet. It goes well with everything and tastes absolutely delicious!
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