The dark months of contagious nasties, which make us cough and sneeze all the time are knocking on our door. Luckily, garlic has gained a reputation as a virus buster, due to its content of allicin.
Allicin and Its Amazing Health Benefits
According to new and notable findings from Washington State University, garlic is 100 times more powerful in fighting bacteria which causes disease than two well-known antibiotics.
The alliin becomes allicin when it is crashed. According to research, allicin reduces blood pressure and cholesterol and also prevents the formation of blood clots. Moreover, it lowers the risk of developing atherosclerosis, which is hardening of the arteries. Certain compounds of garlic destroy a number of organisms, including viruses and bacteria which cause colds, flu and earaches.
Furthermore, according to recent studies, garlic might be able to prevent cancer.
Helen Bond said that this chemical has been known for a very long time due to its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
For this reason, people assume that it will stimulate their immune system, and they crush it, mix it with olive oil and spread it on their bread.
However, the way it works has not been proven yet.
Actually, scientists cannot agree on the ability of garlic to fight flu and colds. According to an investigation conducted by the Cochrane Database, which is a respected global research, increasing the intake of garlic during the winter period can shorter the duration of cold symptoms.
However, in the report which combined all the previous scientific research on garlic, it is stated that there is lack of authoritative and large-scale research, so solid conclusion cannot be drawn.
The main issue is that pharmaceutical companies have no interest in running expensive and huge trials, since there cannot patent, package and sell garlic for profit.
Garlic as Medicine
Garlic has been used as a medicine for a very long time. It was used as a treatment for 22 ailments by Ancient Egyptians. Furthermore, according to evidence, the laborers who built the pyramids consumed garlic so that they can increase their stamina and improve their health.
Ancient Greeks used garlic for various conditions, from curing blood and lung disorders, curing infections, healing insect bites to treating leprosy.
The Romans gave garlic to their sailors and soldiers to enhance their endurance.
It is very interesting that garlic increases antioxidant levels in the body. Allium sativa is its scientific name, and according to Louis Pasteur, garlic kills bacteria. The Russians call garlic the Russian penicillin.
However, recent evidence suggests that garlic could help us to stay healthy in various ways.
Scientists from Florida found out that consuming garlic increases the number of T-cells in the blood stream. These cells are crucial for fighting viruses and strengthening the immune system.
Additionally, pharmacologists from California discovered that allicin, is able to kill infection.
Moreover, allicin also dilates the blood vessels, thereby improves blood flow and prevents cardiovascular problems like high cholesterol.
Furthermore, scientists from Brazil discovered that making a gargle with garlic water destroys germs which cause gum disease and tooth decay.
Prepare Garlic Like This
According to Argentinian researchers the allicin-type compounds are released when the cloves are baked. However, researchers from the South Carolina Medical University claim that the highest levels of compound which fight infection are produced when the garlic is peeled and left to sit uncover for 15 minutes.
Garlic Soup Recipe
- Garlic cloves- 26 organic and unpeeled
- Olive oil- 2 tablespoons
- Organic butter- 2 tablespoons
- Cayenne powder- ½ teaspoon
- Garlic cloves- 26 organic and unpeeled
- Fresh ginger- ½ cup
- Sliced onions- 2 ¼ cup
- Chopped fresh thyme- 1 ½ teaspoons
- Coconut milk- ½ cup
- Organic vegetable broth- 3 ½ cups
- Lemon wedges- 4
Preheat your oven to 350F. Then, put the garlic in small glass baking dish. Next, add the olive oil and sprinkle some seal salt. Use foil to cover the baking dish and bake till the garlic becomes tender and golden brown for about 45 minutes. Allow it to cool. You need to squeeze the garlic between your fingertips so as to release the cloves. Put the cloves into a smaller bowl.
You will need a large saucepan to melt the butter on medium heat. Then, put the cayenne powder, ginger, thyme and onions and cook till the onions become translucent. The, add the raw garlic, the roasted garlic and cook for about 3 minutes. Then, add the vegetable broth and let it simmer for approximately 20 minutes. Blend all of the ingredients till you get a smooth consistency.
Squeeze the lemon juice from one wedge into each plate and serve. Enjoy!
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