The Health Benefits of Garlic

What are The Health Benefits of Garlic in your daily diet

Do you know The health benefits of garlic in your daily diet. Keep your cholesterol levels low and your heart healthy with Garlic.
Do you know The health benefits of garlic in your daily diet. Keep your cholesterol levels low and your heart healthy with Garlic. | Source

The Health Benefits of garlic in your daily diet and Irish soda bread recipe

Hello and welcome. This hub will explain the health benefits of cooking with Garlic and fresh herbs and why you should include it in your daily diet.

Garlic has many health benefits but above all it makes a meal taste great. When added to fresh herbs and other fresh ingredients you have the makings of a quick and easy healthy meal for you and all your families health.

I will share the medicinal properties of Garlic and the benefits of having it in your daily diet. I will also include videos on growing your own garlic and fresh herbs so you can include them in your cooking straight from the garden.

There is nothing more satisfying than to cook a meal with your own home grown ingredients and the health benefits of eating fresh products are amazing.

Health Benefits of Garlic in your diet

The medicinal properties in garlic and the health benefits of them to your cholesterol and a healthy heart explained.
The medicinal properties in garlic and the health benefits of them to your cholesterol and a healthy heart explained. | Source

Health Benefits of Garlic in your Daily Diet

The Health Benefits, medicinal properties and uses of Garlic have long been known.

Garlic has long been considered a herbal "wonder drug", with a reputation in folklore for preventing everything from the Plague! To the common cold. It has been used extensively in herbal medicine (phytotherapy, sometimes spelt phitotherapy).

Raw garlic is used by some to treat the symptoms of acne and there is some evidence that it can assist in managing high cholesterol levels. It can even be effective as a mosquito repellent.

Did you know that Garlic helps to Lower your Cholesterol

Garlic is claimed to help prevent heart disease (including atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure) and cancer. Animal studies, and some early research studies in humans, have suggested possible cardiovascular benefits of garlic.
Garlic is claimed to help prevent heart disease (including atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure) and cancer. Animal studies, and some early research studies in humans, have suggested possible cardiovascular benefits of garlic. | Source

Just Some of The Benefits of Garlic

Garlic strengthens the immune system as well as helps to fight chest infections, coughs and congestion. In the winter months garlic is a great food to boost your immune system and ward off colds and flu. An old folk remedy is to eat a clove of garlic that has been dipped in honey at the first sign of a cold.

Garlic contains high levels of iodine which makes it a very effective treatment for hyperthyroid conditions. Treatment with garlic has been shown to greatly improve this condition.

Scurvy is treated by vitamin C and garlic contains good levels of vitamin C.

Popular Folklore says that garlic is good for more than scaring hungry vampires away. Impotency has long been thought to benefit from doses of garlic, and treatment continues in many communities to this day. Cardiovascular disease can be reduced by ingesting garlic. LDL cholesterol is no friend of garlic and the aortic plaque deposits that gather on the walls of your body’s veins can be reduced with the use of garlic.

Studies have shown the amazing benefits of taking garlic in relation to heart disease.

Health Benefits of Garlic

Alliums sativum, commonly known as garlic, is a species in the onion genus, Alliums. Its close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek and chive. With a history of human use of over 7,000 years, garlic is native to central Asia and has long been a
Alliums sativum, commonly known as garlic, is a species in the onion genus, Alliums. Its close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek and chive. With a history of human use of over 7,000 years, garlic is native to central Asia and has long been a | Source

Just Some of The Benefits of Garlic 'continued'

Garlic is great in the treatment of Fungal and bacterial vaginal infections. When crushed or bruised, garlic releases Allicin which is a sulphuric compound that is a natural antibiotic. WWI soldiers even apparently used crushed garlic on infected wounds.

Garlic is a great source of vitamin B6 which is needed for a healthy immune system and the efficient growth of new cells. Vitamin B6 can also assist with mood swings.

Garlic can aid in the prevention of multiple types of cancer. Bladder cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer and stomach cancer have all been shown to have their tumours reduced when treated with garlic. Vitamin B6 is said to have cancer fighting abilities.

Garlic regulates blood sugar as it enhances the level of insulin in the blood. This may assist in the control of diabetes.

Organic Garlic

In general, a stronger tasting clove of garlic has more sulphur content and hence more medicinal value it's likely to have. Some people have suggested that organically grown garlic tends towards a higher sulphur level and hence greater benefit to health.

How to prepare garlic

The best way to prepare garlic and the health benefits of having garlic in your daily diet.
The best way to prepare garlic and the health benefits of having garlic in your daily diet. | Source

Preparing Garlic

Remember that a single bulb of garlic usually contains between ten and twenty individual cloves of garlic. Individual cloves are covered with a fine pinkish purple skin. The head of cloves is then covered with white papery outer skin. Don't confuse cloves and bulbs! Neither the inner nor outer skins should be eaten.

To prepare garlic, first strip off some of the papery covering from the bulb. Now ease out as many cloves as required. Garlic cloves come in a wide variety of sizes, so the numbers given in a recipe should be treated as a rough guide only. Once you get used to cooking with garlic you will probably find yourself using more than the recipe states.

How to prepare garlic continued

In general with garlic, the finer the chop the stronger the taste. Crushed garlic has the strongest taste of all and if used raw is only for the real aficionado. When cooked whole garlic has a much milder, rather sweet taste. There is a famous recipe "chicken with forty cloves of garlic". It should go without saying that these are whole garlic cloves not crushed!

Garlic also mellows the longer it is cooked. Garlic added at the end of cooking will give a stronger taste than garlic prepared the same way but added earlier.

Traditional Soda Bread

Soda bread is a variety of quick bread traditionally made in a variety of cuisines in which sodium bicarbonate (otherwise known as baking soda) is used as a leavening agent instead of the more common yeast.

The ingredients of traditional soda bread are flour, bread soda, salt, and buttermilk. The buttermilk in the dough contains lactic acid, which reacts with the baking soda to form tiny bubbles of carbon dioxide. Other ingredients can be added such as butter, egg, raisins or nuts.

You cannot beat Soda Bread with Garlic added For Extra Flavour

You can’t beat a quality Irish soda bread. This is an Irish recipe that’s passed from chef to chef, and it gives brilliant results. I’ve added an early spring twist to it by adding garlic.

Preheat your oven to 180C/gas 4. Put a wide pan on a medium heat and add a good lug of olive oil. Add the wild garlic (or spinach), stir and cook for 3 minutes, until wilted. Pour in the buttermilk, remove from heat and blend with a stick blender until you’ve got green milk.

Soda bread with garlic

Homemade Irish soda bread with garlic.
Homemade Irish soda bread with garlic. | Source
Recipe for Irish soda bread with added garlic for extra taste.
Recipe for Irish soda bread with added garlic for extra taste. | Source

Garlic Soda Bread

Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • 1 small handful of washed wild garlic leaves, or spinach with a crushed garlic clove
  • 250ml buttermilk
  • 175g wholemeal flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 175g strong bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ¾ tsp coarsely cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 22g salted butter, chilled and cubed

Instructions for Soda Bread with Garlic

Add the dry ingredients and butter to a large bowl with butter and use your fingers to rub the butter into the flour until you have the consistency of breadcrumbs. Make a well in the centre and pour in your green milk, a good splash at a time. Combine with a wooden spoon until perfectly mixed and you have dough.

Dust a surface with flour, pop the dough on top then roll into a large sausage, then cut into 8. Lightly oil a baking tray. Out the dough pieces on the tray, sprinkle over some wholemeal flour then put in the oven and cook for 20 minutes or until lightly golden on top. Remove from the oven, then pick one up and tap the bum. If you get a hollow sound they’re perfect, so put them on a wire rack to cool.

Cabbage Salad

Tai Cabbage Salad Video

This is a great video on how to make Tai green cabbage salad. It is so easy to put together and also such a healthy meal for you and all the family. I hope you enjoy watching and learning from it. If you are interested in more videos you can get them from YouTube which has lots of great videos of a similar nature.

How to Plant your own Garlic

Grow your Own Garlic

This video is great and explains the best way of planting garlic. There is nothing more satisfying than growing your own garlic and cooking it fresh straight from your garden.

The taste is amazing and once you start it is very hard to go back to shop bought garlic. So get planting and eat healthy.

The Advantages of Garlic

These videos will explain the advantages of having garlic in your daily diet and the medical properties of garlic.

They will explain how having garlic in your daily diet can lower your cholesterol, thin your blood and all the other health benefits you can get from garlic.

Garlic

YouTube Video's Easy to Follow Instructions

They also explain the best way of cooking garlic so as not to destroy its benefits by overcooking garlic. You will be amazed at how good garlic really is for you and hopefully after watching you will included it in your daily diet in order to get the health benefits and its great taste of course.

So enjoy and eat healthy.

How to Cook Pesto Sauce

I love this video of how to cook pesto sauce. This is a great sauce to have in your fridge for a meal or served with plenty of olive oil with homemade bread as a snack. I always have this sauce along with my basic tomato pasta sauce for when I have unexpected guest that need to be fed.

Easy to Follow Pesto Sauce Recipe

Cooking With Garlic and The Health Benefits

So many foods confer unexpected health benefits. Garlic, when it’s crushed, produces a health-giving component called allicin, which has lots of advantages for our wellbeing. Taking a daily supplement can also play a part in guarding against certain
So many foods confer unexpected health benefits. Garlic, when it’s crushed, produces a health-giving component called allicin, which has lots of advantages for our wellbeing. Taking a daily supplement can also play a part in guarding against certain | Source

Stay Healthy And Fit

Eat and stay healthy with garlic and fresh herbs in your daily diet

I hope you have enjoyed this article hub on garlic and its health benefits. I use garlic and fresh herbs on a daily basics not only for the health benefits but the taste.

Garlic can really make a dull meal taste great and fresh herbs added can give it that special requirement for any occasion.

The Irish wild garlic soda bread is a must for all kitchens in my opinion, and I have included it in mine and my family’s daily diet.

My fridge and freezer are always stocked with plenty of homemade tomato sauce for pasta and plenty of homemade meat balls for any unexpected guests. I also have plenty of pesto sauce on the go at all times.

Please feel free to leave a comment at the end of this page as I would love to hear your views on the subject of garlic and fresh herbs in your daily diet and if you have any tips you would like to share we would be grateful for the input. Thank you for thaking the time to read this article hub and I hope it has brought you as much enjoyment as it has for me and my familys daily diet.

So be prepared and stay healthy.

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Comments 15 comments

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How to - Answers 6 years ago from Ireland

Irish soda bread and garlic lovely. The videos are a great idea, really enjoyed watching them. Makes learning how to cook a new recipe so much easier


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Garlic Angel 6 years ago from Dublin Author

Hi How to Answers and thank you for visiting my hub..

Yes I love the video's they are so easy to follow and some great tips in them.. Also garlic is so good for you and taste's great too..

I have cooked the garlic soda bread on many occassions and it really does taste great and well worth a go..

Catch you again I hope and good luck on hubpages.. Garlic Angel :-)


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

Hi thank you for this informative hub which will benefit even my limited culinary skills. The videos are an added bonus. I have bought Irish soda bread over here in England but it did not contain garlic. I will certainly try your recipe. Best wishes to you.


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Garlic Angel 6 years ago from Dublin Author

Hi D.A.L. you are very welcome and I am glad you enjoyed the recipes.

Yes soda bread with garlic is lovely.

Most Irish people do not use garlic but it gives it that little bit extra I think.

Real Irish soda bread does not contain garlic of course as most people fry it and have it with breakfast. If I handed my grandmother soda bread with garlic in it she would probably think I was mad LOL

Thanks for your comment and I hope it turns out for you, enjoy... Garlic Angel :-)


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

Garlic is definitely a must in your diet. Your garlic soda bread sounds delicious, I will definitely have to try it. Good job on your hub.


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Garlic Angel 6 years ago from Dublin Author

Hi KoffeeKlatch thank you for visiting my hub. Yes Garlic is great to have in your diet. Great taste and good for your health. The Soda bread is lovely so give it a try and sure you can add things to it that you like. I have added chives and different types of herbs depending on what I have around at the time.. Makes a great snack...

And very handy for the freezer, you can toast it straight from the freezer...

Thanks again for the comment and hope to catch you again along the road.. Garlic Angel :-)


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steve8miller 6 years ago from Ohio Great City of Dayton

You are so great, I love this Hub. My grandmother often reminds me of the health benefits of Garlic. I love Garlic, I put it in my Lasagna, Chili, and many other things. Just have to brush my teeth three times a day. Great hub I will follow you to see more great hubs like this. Thanks.


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Garlic Angel 5 years ago from Dublin Author

Hi steve8miller thank you so much for your lovely comment. Sorry for taken so long but I have been off line for a while, still eating garlic though LOL

It is my favourite ingredient and like yourself I put it in all my dishes. Fresh Parsely is great for taken the smell of garlic from your breath and it taste great too..

I hope to catch you again along the road and I also hope to start writing again soon. Thank you for visiting.

Garlic Angel :-)


markbennis 5 years ago

Wow lots of delicious ideas here and the home cook soda bread, well got to try this one day sounds beautiful, videos are so helpful and interesting too.

Healthy eating is key and to be honest this hub has brought it home to me that nothing beats eating or growing your own food, thank you I have bookmarked this for future reference.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Garlic Angel, I had no idea that the stronder the garlic the more medicinal properties it had, fascinating. Your soda bread recipe looks intriging. Rated up, useful and bookmarking. I will be trying your recipe.


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Garlic Angel 5 years ago from Dublin Author

Hi markbennis

Your very welcome. Yes I love to eat healthy and it is a lot easier than people think. In fact I find the foods that are healthy, such as salads, garlic, fresh herbs, are so easy to put together for a quick healthy snack.

The soda bread is great because you can freeze it and have it grilled with some nice healthy salad or a pasta dish.

Or with some pesto sauce as a dip. This is great for a late night snack, (even nicer with a nice bottle of red wine)

Good luck and enjoy..

Garlic Angel :-)


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Garlic Angel 5 years ago from Dublin Author

Hi Koffeeklatch

yes it is indeed better the stronger it is. I am inclined to put a LOT of garlic in my sauces, I love it so much.

I do need to have the fresh parsely at hand though. (parsely if eating raw after eating garlic, takes the smell of garlic from your breath)

The soda bread is well worth a go. As I have said it is so handy to have on stand by for a snack with either a salad or pasta, and it can also be frozen and then just grilled straight from the freezer..

Thank you for rating my hub up, appreciate it from such a good hubber as yourself.

Garlic Angel :-)


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accofranco 5 years ago from L Island

nice and very informative, i like garlic but afraid of the smell...thanks for sharing.


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Garlic Angel 5 years ago from Dublin Author

Hi accofranco

Yes it does have a distinctive smell and taste to it and you either love it or hate it. When cooking with garlic you have to be very careful with the equipment you use, especially if anyone in the household does not like garlic. The smell of garlic does have a tendency to linger so it is important that you rinse your utensils in cold water straight after use and before you wash them.

Chewing fresh parsely after eating garlic also helps to take the smell of garlic from your breath. (Handy tip if you have a hot date) :-)

Thank you for taking the time to visit and hopefully will catch you again.

Garlic Angel :-)


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