Garlic has been used as a natural remedy against many ailments for quite a long time. Its use was traced back to the ancient Roman, Greek and Egyptian civilizations and it’s all thanks to its incredible properties. Besides giving our meals a nice flavor, garlic offers numerous medicinal benefits and is considered one of the best natural “medications”.
Most of the health benefits of garlic can be attributed to a compound called allicin, a sulfuric compound that is released when the vegetable is crushed or chewed. Consuming garlic is best done raw, as the cooking process can destroy the allicin and other nutrients within the veggie. Here are some of the main health benefits of garlic:
Fights colds and the flu
In Europe, garlic has been used as an anti-flu remedy for centuries. Studies have shown that it can significantly reduce the duration of the symptoms and help your body defeat a cold of flu in just a few days.
Reduces high blood pressure
No matter if you consume it raw or in the form of supplements, garlic can significantly reduce your high blood pressure. It doesn’t cause any side-effects and works better than any blood pressure drug.
Regulates your cholesterol levels
Science has proven that consuming garlic can reduce your cholesterol levels, but only if you consume it regularly. Yes, we know that some of you might not like the smell after consuming garlic but trust us when we say that its benefits far outweigh its powerful flavor. Consume it every day and you will cut down the risk of cardiovascular problems.
May assist in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
According to recent studies, the antioxidants found in garlic can neutralize the cellular damage done by free radicals and cut down the risk of neurological problems such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Detoxifies the body of heavy metals
A recent study found out that garlic can reduce the levels of lead in your blood as well as other heavy metals by nearly 20%. This makes it one of the most powerful natural detoxifiers.
And, the benefits of garlic don’t stop there – the nutrient-rich vegetable has almost no calories and can help you lose weight. It can also improve your athletic performance and improve your bone strength. Previously we mentioned that the best way to consume garlic is raw, but preparing a nice garlic soup can also help, especially against colds and the flu. Here’s how to prepare it:
- 2 garlic heads
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- A handful of dry herbs
- A bit of salt and pepper
Wash and peel the garlic and cut the cloves, then crush them and set them aside for 15 minutes. Next, heat the olive oil for 2 minutes (don’t bring it to a boil!), then add the garlic cloves. Fry them until they turn brown and soft – they should be done in about 10 minutes. Next, pour 2 quarts of water in the saucepan, bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for up to 40 minutes. Add the salt and pepper 5 minutes before the soup is done, then strain it with a sieve and serve the soup warm.
Eat a bowl of this powerful soup in the winter and you’ll no longer have to fear colds and the flu again!
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