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What are The Benefits of Garlic? The Marmite of the Herbal World

Frissítve: 2019. jan 22.

Why eat Garlic? Is Garlic good for you? Is garlic Healing?

The Benefits of Garlic

Love it or Hate it; the fact is the benefits of Garlic are endless, for your Body and Mind. It’s one of the oldest cultivated crops, a remedy that every ancient and modern culture respects. But really; why do I eat garlic?

Mood shifter

When I eat a couple of cloves of raw Garlic crushed on tasty sourdough toast with olive oil, or chopped and mixed with honey, I almost immediately feel high and strong; I do. A couple of minutes after consuming garlic, I feel happy, a wave of strength and a feeling that I am capable of dealing with anything is rushing through my mind, body and emotions. Personal breakthroughs? No problem! It shakes me up. My mood lifts and goes higher. If I I’m down Garlic will change my mood completely, that’s for sure.

On Top of the World

Because of this pleasant emotional boost I feel physically stronger too. I feel I can perform better than before. That bubbling up of energy in my body often inspires me to go for a run, hit the gym or go for a good swim. And the best part is, because I feel so much on the top of the world - on top of my world – I am more relaxed, more flexible with others around me. It is a win-win, isn’t it?

It wasn’t just me

I first started noticing Garlic’s profound effects whilst munching on the great, traditional, Hungarian winter dinner, Garlic on toast. So I researched whether it was just me who felt this way. I found out Garlic was fed to the builders of the Great Pyramids in Egypt in the belief that it gave them strength and endurance. I also found out Garlic was given to the original Olympic athletes in Greece, perhaps the earliest performance-enhancing drug. Isn’t that fascinating?

Health Benefits

Beyond this, Garlic is very rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and Manganese. High doses of Garlic appear to improve blood pressure, can lower cholesterol and reduce the build-up of plaque in the arteries. It is believed to ward off heart disease, cancer, colds and flu. Eating Garlic can help detoxify heavy metals in the body. We now know that most of the health effects are caused by one of the sulphur compounds formed when a Garlic clove is chopped, crushed or chewed. This compound is known as Allicin, and is also responsible for the distinct garlic smell.

What to do with the smell?

My grandma always chewed on a couple of Cloves; ‘farmer’s chewing gum’ (spit it out, don’t swallow) to get rid of the garlic-breath. It works.

Did you know?

- Garlic is considered both herb and vegetable

- Garlic is a member of the Lily family

- The city of Chicago is named after Garlic. Chicagaoua was the local Indian word for wild Garlic

- Garlic is neutral diuretic. In ancient Chinese medicine Garlic was prescribed to aid digestion and most importantly to stimulate the bowels.

- Garlic applied to wounds can help heal them faster. British soldiers used this healing quality of Garlic extensively during WW!

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