Garlic Health Benefits
Garlic has been used medicinally for centuries - its use can be traced back to ancient Babylonia, Egypt, Greece and Rome.
Nowadays, garlic is used to help lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol.
You can take capsules if you don't like garlic breath. Some people do say that they can 'taste' the garlic later in the day, even if they've swallowed a capsule. And of course, there's the phenomena of being able to smell garlic on your skin if you sweat - garlic comes out of your pores.
Chewing fresh parsley can help disguise the smell of fresh garlic, but not entirely take it away.
I avoid garlic most days, because I mix with a lot of people and garlic breath can be really unpleasant. I tend to use it a lot during the weekends and holidays, and hardly at all outside that time. It's only acceptable to eat garlic if everybody eats it - otherwise it's anti-social!
If you have a tip about garlic breath, I'd love to hear it!
Research has found that eating onions and garlic inhibit blood clotting. This helps combat circulatory diseases such as coronary heart disease, thrombosis and strokes.
The active ingredient is 'allicin'. The best way to get this is to allow the chopped garlic to rest for 10 to 20 minutes before using. That way, the allicin has time to release its properties.
Both garlic and onions are excellent as a decongestant which helps ease cold symptoms.
They are best eaten raw though :-) a teaspoon of honey and a crushed garlic clove is a common cold or flu remedy - give it a try - just swallow it!
It contains anti-oxidants that can fight ageing and potentially dementia.
Garlic also can reduce toxicity in the blood - particularly heavy metals.
In 1958, Louis Pasteur identified garlic as being anti-bacterial. It is broad spectrum and wide reaching and bacteria do not become resistant to garlic like they do to antibiotics.
In addition, it is anti-viral and anti-fungal.
Read this recipe for making Fire Cider from Mommypotamus - you'll have an exceptionally good remedy on hand for colds and flu which everybody can take.
There are many garlic health benefits.
It is an excellent addition to food as it aids digestion and really makes your food taste good. As a result, it's relatively easy to add garlic into your diet on a near daily basis.
I think we fall into two camps - love it or hate it - there doesn't seem to be an in between. I love it but am very self conscious about the bad breath aspect - maybe when I retire, I'll eat it every day!
Garlic is easy to grow. You can have it all year round if you plant in Spring and Autumn. That will give you harvests in Summer from the Autumn sowing and late Autumn from the Spring sowing which you can store for use.
It is possible to grow in pots indoors, but to be honest, I have never had any success with it.
If you have a tip about growing garlic indoors, then please share it with me.
Around two cloves a day for an adult.
You can get that in capsule form as well as by using dried or fresh garlic in your cooking.
The Mediterranean Diet, much beloved of doctors and dieticians, is low on meat, heavy on tomatoes and fresh vegetables and virtually everything has garlic in it. How much of the health of the Mediterranean people is down to garlic? Who knows, but it's a bit of a coincidence.
The chart below gives the dosage for dogs and there's also a link to an article of the garlic health benefits for dogs - if it's safe.