Garlic (Allium sativum), an herb widely used as a flavoring in cooking, has been used as a medicine throughout ancient and modern history to prevent and treat a wide range of conditions and diseases.
Garlic belongs to the onion genus Allium, and is closely related to leek, onion, shallot, rakkyo and chive. Dried garlic is available throughout the year. Fresh garlic is in season from July to the early October.
The Benefits of Garlic
- Heavy metals in our body can be detoxified by eating garlic
- Garlic is highly nutritious with few calories
Manganese: 23% of the RDA.
Vitamin B6: 17% of the RDA.
Vitamin C: 15% of the RDA.
Selenium: 6% of the RDA.
Fiber: 1 gram.
Decent amounts of Calcium, Copper, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron and Vitamin B1.
- Garlic can combat sickness including the common cold
- Garlic contains Allicin which has potent medicinal properties
- Garlic may improve bone health
- Blood pressure can be lowered with the active compounds in garlic.
- The Antioxidants contained in garlic may help preventing Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
- Garlic can lower total and LDL cholesterol, resulting in reducing the risk of heart disease
- Garlic supplementation can improve athletic performance
- It is easy to include garlic in diet. It tastes absolutely delicious
How to Eat Raw Garlic
1) Raw garlic on toast
Mash up a clove of minced garlic
Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of pastured butter to the mix.
Spread the mixture on bread.
2) Garlic dip
Mix up a clove of minced garlic with 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise
Serve it with snack food such as, carrot sticks or plain tortilla chips
3) Guacamole with garlic (大蒜鱷梨醬)
Mash up around 3 cloves of minced garlic.
Add 1 mashed up avocado (鱷梨)
Also add a dash of salt and chopped cilantro (芫荽葉)
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