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SMELLY GARLIC

SO WHAT ABOUT GARLIC? IT STINKS

AND WHY SHOULD I EAT IT?

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GARLIC

To start with Garlic IS one of the smelliest  vegetables, but its a common seasoning world-wide!  The majority of garlic grown in the United States comes from California.  The scientific name is: Allium sativum.

You can eat garlic raw or cooked,  The raw form is great on salads and vegetables or just eaten alone!  Watch out if you eat it raw you will have some killer breath!  the kind that will back a person up!  Cooking with garlic is not nearly as bad for breath as eating it raw;  Although my Great Grandfather reeked of it , I have been told I do also!  I love it in either form, raw or cooked I use it for everything except dessert!

In Indian cooking the garlic has been called the “stinking rose”.  Also Garlic was mentioned in documents that date back 5,000 years ago, before it became popular to the rest of the world.

So what’s so good about Garlic and why should I eat it?  Well you might be surprised of all the benefits of garlic.

It is used for conditions of the heart and blood system for high blood pressure, low blood pressure, and high cholesterol.  Some people use it to prevent colon cancer, rectal cancer, prostate cancer and it is also used to treat prostate cancer and bladder cancer. Some people have used garlic to treat nail fungus infections, warts and corns.

How does it work?  Garlic produces a chemical called allicin.  This is what seems to make garlic work for certain conditions.  Allicin also makes garlic smell!!   You can buy it in a supplemental  capsule to take, so they will dissolve in the intestine and not the stomach.

Did you know Garlic is a great supply of manganese 23 % of the daily value.

Did you know Garlic also contains 17 percent of the daily value in vitamin B6, and 15% in Vitamin C. along with calcium, selenium, and phosphorus.   Go figure huh, all this is a little Stinky Vegetable!

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 Garlic Cloves

If you don’t plant it you can buy in powder form, paste, grated, chopped, and fresh which is the best!  Look for bulbs that are fresh not soft or shriveled or moldy and preferably with no sprouts.  Garlic is best stored uncovered in a cool dark place away format and sunlight, to prevent sprouting.  It can be stored for a month or more if stored well.

Did you know that garlic has proven useful because it has a unique set of sulfur-containing compounds that have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties that are good for cardiovascular support.

Did you know that taking garlic for three months people had fewer colds and  flu with  a shorter duration of illness.  It also has immune boosting effects and eaten fresh garlic has a potent antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal agent.

So HOW do you consume it for therapeutic purposes?  The best way is to take a single medium size clove and compress it with the flat side of a knife or bottom of a spoon prior to swallowing it, or put it through a blender and juice it with your vegetable juice.

This is the best way to reap the benefits of garlic whereas dried, powdered or jarred!

How about a good ” Ol ” Garlic Dish?

I love to finely chop garlic and mix it with 1 chopped cucumber  and halved  cherry tomatoes with a dash or salt and coarse ground pepper.

I love to also make a fresh garlic white sauce with real butter and milk cooking  till smooth and pour over Noodles, Fish, Chicken Breast  or a juicy hamburger  patty .

Well that about sums it up for Garlic and theirs so much more out there to learn!

Remember its Good for you, EVEN IF IT STINKS! 

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