Garlic

As you can probably see from recipe list below, I use garlic A LOT! But for good reason! Not only does it enhance the flavor of so many recipes it is also incredibly good for you. Garlic can help lower cholesterol, lower your risk of heart attack, prevent multiple types of cancer, and fight inflammation. The original Olympic athletes in Ancient Greece were given garlic - possibly the earliest example of "performance enhancing" agents used in sports.

Garlic

Throughout history in the Middle East, East Asia and Nepal, garlic has been used to treat bronchitis, hypertension (high blood pressure), TB (tuberculosis), liver disorders, dysentery, flatulencecolic, intestinal worms, rheumatism, diabetes, and fevers.

Garlic makes a chemical called allicin which is the key antimicrobial agent which helps protect you from many harmful diseases. Garlic needs to be crushed or chopped to activate the allicin. 

Heart Health Benefits

When it comes to protecting your heart, garlic is incredible. Because of its sulfur-containing compounds it helps protect us against inflammation caused by damage to blood vessel linings, which is a key factor to a risk of heart attack. The oxidative inflammation and stress puts our blood vessels at risk of plaque forming and our arteries clogging. The sulfur-containing compounds of garlic lower our risk of oxidative stress and in turn, help prevent our blood vessels from becoming blocked.

Cancer Prevention

Several studies have shown eating garlic to be a cancer preventer. In combination with a plant based diet, garlic has cell compounds that trigger a variety of metabolic activities that include fighting off cancerous cells and fighting free radicals.

Common Cold Fighter

Eating garlic also has shown to fight the common cold. So now that winter is coming, include a little garlic to fight off those nasty colds!

I know you can take a garlic pill if you don't like garlic, but look at all these amazing recipes were you can incorporate garlic naturally and tastefully enjoy the awesome nutritional benefits it has to offer!