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The Healh Benefits of Garlic - A Natural Way To Ward off Colds and Flu

Updated on June 21, 2009
This photograph of delicious and nutritious garlic is from Wikipedia's webpage all about GARLIC!
This photograph of delicious and nutritious garlic is from Wikipedia's webpage all about GARLIC!

Why I learned to Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Garlic

There is a lot of good publicity going around about Garlic.

Until recently, I only ate garlic when it was a seasoning in spaghetti sauce. Now, I am trying to incorporate it into something I eat at least once a day.

Health Benefits of Garlic:

-Garlic is thought of, by some folks, as a great secret of curing the common cold. This is because garlic is regarded as being both an antibiotic and antibacterial agent. Some people say that those who start taking a lot of garlic when exposed to a cold or when starting to show symptoms of a cold are likely to suffer much less than those who don't take garlic. Hey, I tried it a couple of weeks ago and I felt like it helped. Really. Other people at work were sick for three or four more days longer than I was. Why not?

-Because garlic is an antibacterial agent, it is thought to help treat acne.

- Garlic is regarded as being heart-healthy! There is a rumor that Garlic can help reduce cholesterol levels.

- Garlic is said to reduce the risk of certain cancers.

Add Garlic To Your Diet:

- A great way to use garlic is to buy it pre-chopped or minced at the grocery store, because peeling garlic is a pain. You can usually find this in little jars hanging out by the produce section, near herbs like basil and dill.

-Take your jar o' garlic and add a bit to salads, to pasta sauces, on top of pizza (be it ordered, frozen, or english muffin style).

-make garlic bread! just take a piece o' bread, spread some butter or faux butter on top, and then put on some chopped or minced garlic and toast. MMMMMmmmm....so good.

For More on Garlic:

Benefits of Garlic in Heart Disease

Benefits of Garlic in Cancer

Garlic and The Common Cold

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    • manish.pucsd profile image

      manish.pucsd 

      10 years ago from Bangalore , India

      I love garlic like anything

      See : http://www.flickr.com/photos/manish_chauhan/235256...

      thanks for this article

    • madhavisb profile image

      madhavisb 

      10 years ago from New Delhi

      http://www.copperwiki.org/index.php/Garlic

      Garlic, or Allium sativum, can trace its usage to ancient times. It is said to be a native of Afghanistan. [N.W. Simmonds (Ed) — Evolution of Crop Plants] Clay models of garlic bulbs have been found in Egyptian pharaohs’ tombs pre-dating 3000BC. There are references to garlic in the Bible, as well as ancient medical texts of Egypt, Greece, Rome, China and India. Garlic was used to ward off Satan and vampires, and worn as a necklace around the neck to keep away plague. In more scientific terms, it was used to treat infections, toothache, ulcers, asthma, bronchitis, influenza, fatigue, small pox and even leprosy — in various countries, where its benefits were discovered independently.

      In modern days, garlic is being used to treat contemporary ailments such as cholesterol, cancer, MRSA and, according to some, even AIDS. Clinical trials all over the globe have discovered more and more therapeutic properties of this herb which some call “the single medicine chest under the earth”.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Love it too..hooray for GARLIC AND NICE hUB MY DEAR g-mA :O) HUGS

    • MrMarmalade profile image

      MrMarmalade 

      10 years ago from Sydney

      Garlic is good for us and we have it regularly

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      ink 

      10 years ago

      I love garlic too, and you're right... it IS good for you.

    • Bob Ewing profile image

      Bob Ewing 

      10 years ago from New Brunswick

      I love garlic.

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