What is in garlic?
Garlic, Latin name Allium sativum, belongs to the onion family Alliaceae including shallots, and leek has some amazing properties and is one of the most well-known and widely used spices in Philippines & other countries.
The garlic bulb is composed of individual cloves enclosed in a parchment like skin. A bulb of garlic generally measures about two inches in height and two inches across in a teardrop shape.
We commonly used garlic in the Philippines for cooking, especially when the dish we are preparing is fish to remove the stench and enhancing the flavor of our foods, and also because of its many health benefits.
Adding garlic to food or juicing it is considered more beneficial than taking supplements as our body tend to absorb better from food or juice than from pills.
Richard S. Rivlin wrote in the Journal of Nutrition that the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates (circa. 460-370 BC), known today as “the father of Western medicine”, prescribed garlic for a wide range of conditions and illnesses. Hippocrates promoted the use of garlic for treating respiratory problems, parasites, poor digestion and fatigue according to Medical News Today.
Health benefits of garlic for men and women
1. Garlic is an excellent source of vitamins A, B-complex and C.
2. It provides a good supply of minerals like manganese, phosphorus, calcium, copper, potassium, iron and copper.
3. It contains amino acids, essential oils, glycosides,
4. It contains rare essential trace minerals like germanium, selenium and tellurium.
5. Garlic contains more than 12 types of anti-oxidant that includes allium that neutralizes free radicals in the body
6. Garlic has anti-microbial effect that efficiently combats bacteria, fungi, intestinal parasites, viruses yeast, etc.
7. Garlic has natural antibiotic and immune enhancer ability.
8. Garlic has a natural and effective blood thinning method which is safer than taking aspirin which can cause stomach bleeding which makes it a good protection against thrombosis (blockages of blood flow by clots)
9. Garlic has germanium which is an anti-cancer properties that help decrease the risks of cancers, especially stomach and colon cancer.
10. It helps prevent cold, and acts as medication if you already have one, and helps relives congestion and aids in speedy recovery.
11. Garlic helps to significantly reduce the oxidation of the blood cholesterol and the build-up of plaque in arteries, thus decreasing the risks of heart diseases. (Also read How To Lower Cholesterol Levels Without Medication)
12. One clove of garlic daily can lower blood sugar level.
13. It can help cure encephalitis if taken in high doses, BUT it should under the doctor’s advice and observation.
14. Raw garlic juice benefits includes treating fungal infections like athlete’s foot or ear infections. Also apply the juice directly to the affected area to soothe the itch. Applying the juice directly to the affected area helps to soothe the itch.
15. Garlic cleanse of the arterial deposits helps to normalize blood pressure.
16. Garlic is effective against the bacterial stomach parasite which causes peptic ulcers.
17. It helps detoxify blood of toxins, lead and other heavy metals because of its sulfur compounds.
Though garlic has many good things to do for your body, eating it raw is not easy and need getting used to. You should try to include them in your daily diet. Include one or two cloves of garlic into the juicer when you are preparing your favorite juice recipe.
But if you want to start taking garlic but haven’t get used to eating the raw ones yet, you can always try the garlic pills available in the market today like Nature’s Bounty Garlic, 2000mg, Odor-Free.
Word of caution
Though garlic is a very potent medicinal herb. Don’t take more than 3 cloves a day especially if you’re taking it raw. Like I mention in no. 8 it has a blood-thinning effect, so do not take it with other anti-coagulant drugs. Though rare, high doses of garlic can trigger some health problems in some people—causing anemia, weight loss, excessive gas, diarrhea or asthma.
Also, according to Web MD , Garlic is LIKELY SAFE to use during pregnancy when taken in the amounts normally found in food. Garlic is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when used in medicinal amounts during pregnancy and when breast-feeding. There is not enough reliable information about the safety of applying garlic to the skin if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Tips in drinking raw garlic juice
1. Drink Garlic juice after meals, though garlic works best when it is eaten raw.
2. When applying to skin, keep it short, as it may cause skin to burn.
3. To extract its best flavor and benefits, use it fresh
4. When choosing garlic, choose the ones with hard heads.
5. Check garlic for molds before using them.
6. Don’t buy garlic that is wrinkled.
7. Store unpeeled garlic in cool and dry place and always away from heat and sunlight to protect them
8. Never keep unpeeled garlic/ garlic juice in your refrigerator.
How to make garlic juice?
It also surprised me when I first known that that aside from making our food delicious by adding garlic, garlic can be juiced too just like any other fruits and vegetables.
Some of the garlic juice recipe I have tried are;
“One simple recipe for garlic vegetable juice are a clove of garlic, five carrots, one cucumber, a large bunch of kale, and one large piece of broccoli. After the vegetables are washed and peeled, they are added to the juicer.” and
“One carrot juice with garlic and ginger is considered to be an excellent detoxification juice. When making this juice, simply add one clove garlic, a piece of ginger approximately half an inch thick, and about four large carrots peeled and washed to the juicer.” – “Are You Juicing with Garlic Yet?”
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