When it comes to cooking, garlic is one of my favorite ingredients. And it’s such a versatile ingredient that it can be used in almost any savory dish! Roasted with some proteins, stir-fried in some vegetables, blended into a creamy pasta sauce…. the list goes on and on.
Personally, I absolutely love the flavor and aroma of garlic so when a recipe calls for two cloves of garlic, I’ll somehow justify to myself that I really should be putting in five or six. And the best part is that I don’t feel too guilty about it because garlic is extremely healthy!
Garlic is low in calories, but high in nutrients, containing Manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, selenium and fiber. It’s a natural immune system booster that helps the body fight infection.
Ancient Greek soldiers ate garlic to enhance their courage, and to protect the skin against poison. Ancient Romans thought it to improve cardiovascular status, gastrointestinal disorders, and alleviation of joint disease. Japan and China used it for respiration and digestion. The pattern continues throughout ancient India, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and Early America.
Scientific Health Benefits of Garlic
Today, science has investigated this unassuming plant and found it to be a superstar for health and healing. It holds the following qualities:
- Prevents atherosclerosis
- Heart attacks
- Coronary heart disease
- Lowers cholesterol
- Blood pressure levels
- Heals bug bites
- Alleviates cold symptoms and hay fever
- Helps treatment of fungal infections
- Traveler’s diarrheas
- Eliminate toxins
- Strengthen immunity
It can also be beneficial in controlling symptoms of:
- Enlarged prostate
If reading about these amazing benefits is giving you garlic cravings, here is the proper way to eat it to improve your health.
Garlic and Honey Recipe
- 2-3 raw garlic cloves chopped finely
- 1 tablespoon raw, organic honey
- a small jar with a lid
- Separate the heads of garlic into individual cloves.
- Don’t peel the cloves, but remove the outer layer.
- Fill the jar with the unpeeled garlic cloves.
- Slowly pour the honey over the cloves.
- Use a spoon to release any trapped air bubbles.
- Make sure the cloves are completely covered by honey, and put the lid on the jar.
- Allow the mixture to infuse for a few days, either in the fridge or at room temperature.
- Taste and enjoy!
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