Authentic Food of the Day: Garlic

We’ve all heard about garlic and its amazing ability to ward off vampires. :-) Did you know that eating garlic has other great benefits for your body? The ancient Egyptians believed that garlic was not only bestowed with sacred qualities but it enhanced the endurance and strength of the slaves that built the pyramids. Garlic is used all around the world in a variety of recipes. Some people enjoy eating garlic cloves raw! Numerous studies have shown that regular consumption of garlic can lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol. Some studies show that eating garlic two or more times a week can help lower your risk of colon cancer. Garlic contains a concentrated source of calcium, vitamin B1 and phosphorus, protein, and tryptophan. Like onions, garlic is an anti-inflammatory because it contains sulfer containing phytonutrient compounds. This makes it useful for helping attacks of asthma. It can also help reduce the pain and inflammation of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

DID YOU KNOW:

– Researchers suggest that garlic may be a potent remedy in warding off a common cold. It has also been noted that garlic has strong antibiotic properties, even on bacteria strains that have become resistant to many drugs.

– Cooking garlic for more than 45 minutes generates a substantial loss of nutrients. If you cook garlic for 5-15, you will preserve the health benefits.