The Amazing Health Benefits Of Garlic

Thums Up To The Stinky Stuff!

Garlic...Pungent But Perfect!

Okay, so garlic is stinky smelling, but it is so delicious in recipes and for its health benefits!

Why is garlic a super herb? It has the chemical compound allicin that is the therapeutic ingredient responsible for its medicinal qualities. Allicin contains sulfur, which gives garlic its pungent flavor and strong smell. The health benefits of garlic are numerous. Garlc helps fight heart ailments, colds, cough, and lowering the blood pressure level. Sounds pretty amazing, huh?

Health benefits of garlic were first realized centuries ago. Garlic is most effective when eaten raw(crushed or chopped). Just one clove of garlic per day may possibly bring vast improvement in your over all health. Two or three cloves could even help prevent an attack of the common cold. In order to be beneficial, garlic used in cooking should be added last. Although, taking too much garlic is not recommended as it may cause irritation in the digestive system. Garlic should be added as a part of normal healthy diet, it need not be used as an alternative. The only drawback being its pungent smell and taste that leaves a bad breath (nothing a mint can't cure), other than that, garlic is magnificent!

  • Diabetes: Diabetes could definitely harm the kidneys, nervous system functions, cause heart disorders and even lead to poor eyesight. The oil extracted from garlic may help aid diabetic patients from these side-effects.
  • High cholesterol levels: Of the two kinds of cholesterol –LDL and HDL, the former is bad for human health. Garlic, rich in allicin compound can effectively prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidization. Those who have high cholesterol level should include garlic in their daily diet.
  • Hypertension: It is an herbal ingredient for curing hypertension. When exposed to high levels of pressure, allicin present in garlic is known to relax the blood vessels. Garlic also helps fight against thrombosis by reducing the platelet aggregation.
  • Digestion: Daily inclusion of garlic in diets aids in eliminating any digestive problems. Garlic helps in normal functioning of the intestines for good digestion. Even any swelling or irritation of the gastric canal may be rectified with garlic treatment.
  • Eye care: Garlic is rich in nutrients like Selenium, Quercetin and Vitamin C that helps treat most eye infections and swellings.
  • Earache: It is used for curing earaches, as it has several antiviral, antifungal and antibiotic properties. Garlic oil can be made at home, by squeezing the juice of garlic cloves and adding it to olive oil. The mixture should be kept at room temperature for a few days.
  • Intestinal problems: It clears most intestinal problems like dysentery, diarrhea and colitis. Its role in dispelling worms is truly phenomenal. It does not affect the functioning of useful organisms in the intestines, which aid in digestion, but it does destroy the harmful bacteria that is present in intestine.
  • Cold: Raw garlic is used to treat a cold and cough. At the onset of a cold, you should eat at least two cloves of crushed garlic, which will help in lessening the severity of cold illness.
  • Infected wounds: Garlic can be placed on infected wounds. It should be mixed with water, not in raw form, as the direct juice can severely irritate the skin.
  • Acne: For those who suffer from acne, garlic may be used along with other ingredients like honey, cream and turmeric to treat acne scars and to even prevent acne. Garlic acts as a cleanser and antibiotic for soothing most skin rashes.
  • Asthma: Boiled cloves of garlic does such wonders for asthma treatment. Each night before going to sleep, a glass of milk with 3 boiled cloves of garlic can bring subsequent relief for those with asthma. The asthma attacks may also be brought under control by having crushed garlic cloves with malt vinegar.
  • Sexual problems: Garlic has aphrodisiac properties, which also could be utilized as a sex rejuvenator. The health benefits of garlic are known to enhance the libido prowess of both men & women. People who overindulge in sexual activities should take garlic in diet or supplement form to protect against nervous fatigue.
  • Cancer: Regular intake of garlic helps reduce the risk of colon, stomach and esophageal cancer. It aids in reducing the production of carcinogenic compounds and also reduces the occurrence of tumor and breast cancer.

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More Delicious Garlic Recipes! Enjoy!!


BAKED GARLIC

Ingredients:

Whole garlic bulbs

Dried thyme or oregano

Olive oil

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Peel loose, papery skins off garlic bulbs. Slice top of each head (pointy end) so that the flesh is exposed. Arrange in a baking dish or garlic baker and drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with herbs. Cover with foil or baker lid and bake for about 45 minutes until the garlic is soft and golden. Cool before serving.

Squeeze soft garlic out of skins and spread on meat or French bread.

Serve toasts with remaining oil.



COLD SHRIMP WITH GARLICKY LEMON VINAIGRETTE

Ingredients:

1 lb. large shrimp with shell

1/3 cup lemon juice

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley, minced

1 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced

Directions:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook shrimp just until pink , about 2 mins. Drain. When cool, remove shells & set aside.

In a bowl whisk all other ingredients. Add shrimp & toss to coat. Refrigerate several hours, tossing occasionally. Serve as appetizer or on greens as a salad.



PUMPKIN HUMMUS

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons sesame tahini (optional)

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon olive oil

1/8 crushed red pepper

1 small can pumpkin

1 small can chickpeas

1 garlic clove

1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds, toasted (optional)

Directions:

Place tahini, pumpkin, lemon juice, cumin, olive oil, salt, peppers, chickpeas, and garlic in food processor and process until smooth. Sprinkle with toasted pumpkin seeds, if desired.



RUSTED RED PEPPERS AND GARLIC

Ingredients:

8 peppers of varying colors

4 medium onions, peeled

6 large garlic bulbs

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Fresh thyme, chopped (may use dried)

Directions:

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Cut onions in half, lengthwise and the garlic in half across cloves removing excess skin, but not all of it. Pierce the peppers once or twice to allow steam to escape. Brush the vegetables generously with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and thyme. Roast on a rack in a shallow pan for approximately 45 minutes. Arrange on an attractive platter with some fresh herbs for garnish.



ROASTED GREEN BEANS WITH GARLIC

Ingredients:

Fresh green beans with ends snapped off

Extra virgin olive oil

Salt and fresh ground pepper

Fresh chopped garlic

Balsamic vinegar

Directions:

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spread green beans on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat evenly. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Place in oven and roast beans until tender and starting to brown. Part way through cooking, sprinkle with garlic and toss again. Return to oven. When done, remove from oven, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and serve hot or at room temperature.

This recipe can also be used with carrots or asparagus.



MUSTARD CHICKEN

Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts (or pork chops)

2 tablespoons Sweet & Spicy Garlic Mustard or Garlic Jalapeno Mustard

1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions:

Blend mustard and olive oil. Place meat in a baking dish and brush both sides with mustard mixture. Bake covered at 350° for 20 minutes or until cooked through.



MESQUITE STEAK

Ingredients:

2 pounds T-Bone or any steak

1 cup Grill and Marinade Sauce

1 tablespoon Mesquite Grill seasoning

Directions:

Marinate steak in Grill and Marinade Sauce for at least 1 hour. Sprinkle with Mesquite Grill seasoning and grill or broil to desired doneness.



MEDITERRANEAN PASTA SALAD

Ingredients:

8 oz. pasta (try garlic or chili flavored pasta)

1 6 oz. jar artichoke hearts

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

1/2 cup sliced black olives

1/4 cup chopped green onion

2 fresh tomatoes, chopped

Slice fresh basil leaves

Ingredients (Dressing)

1/2 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions:

Cook pasta until al dente. Drain and rinse in cold water until cool. Gently mix artichokes, feta, onions, olives, and tomatoes together in a large bowl. Add pasta and dressing. Toss gently. Sprinkle with basil, chill and serve.


FRENCH GARLIC SOUP

Ingredients:

24 garlic cloves, peeled

8 fresh sage leaves

5 cups water with 2 teaspoons salt added

Pinch of saffron

4 slices day old or toasted bread

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup Guyere cheese

Directions:

Place 22 of the garlic cloves and the sage leaves in a large sauce pan with salted water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove garlic and sage. Discard the sage and mash the garlic with a mortar and pestle or a fork. Return garlic to the cooking liquid, along with the saffron. Keep the soup at a gentle simmer, with the lid on, until ready to serve.

Preheat broiler to high. Cut the remaining garlic cloves in half and rub each slice of bread with it. Then, sprinkle each slice with olive oil and some grated cheese, reserving some. Broil bread until cheese topping bubbles.

To serve, place a slice of bread in the bottom of each serving bowl. Pour over hot liquid and sprinkle on remaining cheese.



GARLIC ICE CREAM

Ingredients:

3 cups whole milk

1/2 teaspoon freshly chopped garlic

1 vanilla bean, split in half

1 cup heavy cream

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

9 egg yolks

Directions:

Put milk, garlic, and vanilla in a saucepan. Bring to boil and remove from heat. In a mixing bowl, blend cream, sugar, and egg yolks. Strain the scalded milk into the egg and sugar mixture, stirring constantly. Return the combined mixture to the pan and stir continuously over moderate heat until it coats the back of a spoon. About 10 - 15 minutes. Cool in an ice bath and freeze until firm.

Makes 4 - 5 servings.


GARLICKY RICE PUDDING

Ingredients:

1 pound chopped dates

1 gallon milk (whole or lowfat)

4 cups fragrant Basmati rice

5 bulbs garlic, peeled and chopped

Directions:

Heat milk to a boil. Watch carefully as milk tends to burn easily. Greasing the pot with a light oil or ghee (clarified butter) helps prevent burning. As milk comes to a boil, add the chopped dates and cook for at least 20 minutes, stirring often. Strain the date residue and bring the milk back to a boil. Add rice and garlic and cook and stir over a low heat until rice is done. Let cool and serve with yogurt.



GARTINIS

Ingredients:

2 jiggers gin

1/2 teaspoon dry vermouth

1 cup ice cubes

1 garlic stuffed olive

2 pickled garlic cloves for garnish

Directions:

In a cocktail pitcher, combine the gin and vermouth with 1 cup ice cubes. Stir well and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with pickled garlic cloves.

Comments 6 comments

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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, this is a great hub, with good info and good ideas, nice one! nice to meet you! cheers nell


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angoliver 6 years ago Author

Hi Nell, thanks for the compliment, I really appreciate it! And I must say, you're a magnificent writer... nice to meet you, too!! :)


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ItsThatSimple 6 years ago from Florida

Great hubs! I read the one on vinegar first now garlic. Are you very interested in healthy eating? I hope you have a local Whole Foods or similar store! Aren't they wonderful?


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angoliver 6 years ago Author

Thank you! And yes, I really enjoy learning about how we we can get health benefits the natural way. As far as healthy eating, I try to eat healthy, but it doesn't always work out that way (especially with the holidays lol) Whole Foods is amazing... I love it!


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leni sands 4 years ago from UK

I had no idea that garlic was so good for the body - I just thought it tasted nice (repeatedly) lingering on your breath while people avoided contact with you. Seriously, I love garlic and am always tempted to put it in everything but alas my other half makes sure I don't over do it. Great hub marked useful and interesting.


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angoliver 4 years ago Author

Hi Leni Sands! Thanks for commenting, I just love garlic and all its great benefits.

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