Garlic is a usual guest in our kitchen and is part of a large number of dishes that we cook almost every day.
We used to think garlic is a spice, but in fact it is a vegetable and belongs to it appropriately, as his next of kin – Luca.
We know that garlic due to its unique spicy aroma. But not many know that it is also a great tonic which is very useful for health.
The flavor and taste of the garlic wonderfully stimulate the secretion of saliva and gastric juice. And as we know, the aroma and taste of the food “prepare” the stomach for digestion.
This is why food supplements are not as effective as the nutrients that are contained directly in the food. If we just take a capsule of garlic extract, we completely bypassed the first stage of digestion. After all, our mouth and not think to allocate the required amount of saliva for some capsules.12_result
What is so useful garlic?
Garlic is a rich source of sulfur compounds, which not only gives it a pungent smell and taste, but also very healthy.
In particular, these compounds used for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, cancer and various inflammatory processes.
To garlic have shown its beneficial properties, it must be crushed. Only in this way from the compound called allicin to develop the necessary Sultanova acid.
Studies show that garlic is effective in more than 150 different diseases!
Strengthens the cardiovascular system. Improves blood circulation, reduces the risk of blood clots and lowers blood pressure.
Has anti-inflammatory properties. In particular, reduces the risk of osteoarthritis.
Strengthens the immune system. Has antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antiparasitic properties.
Fighting cancer. Good for the brain, lung, breast, stomach and pancreas.
How to use the garlic?
The secret to garlic has retained its useful properties, it is not a long time to boil or fry.
Garlic should be crushed and allowed to stand covered for 5-10 minutes at room temperature. During this time there will be a chemical reaction and garlic isolated allicin.
If you just throw the chopped garlic in a pan or on the pan, not after waiting, the required process will not start.
After allicin has allocated, you can boil or fry the garlic on low heat for 10-15 minutes. With such heat treatment, the garlic will not lose its beneficial properties. But it is best to eat garlic raw!
How quickly the garlic loses its beneficial properties if it is to boil or fry?
5-15 minutes is the minimum loss of useful properties;
15-30 minutes the average loss;
45+ minutes – a total loss.
Of course the idea of eating raw garlic during meals may not seem very attractive. But you change your mind after learning what common diseases it is able to protect you — the common cold and influenza, cough, sore throat, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, various parasites and germs and high blood sugar, ear infections, increase the flow of bile, mastitis, and many others.
While garlic is popular worldwide and available almost everywhere!
Garlic is a nutritious food that contains a wide range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients. Garlic is also rich in manganese, calcium, phosphorus, Selena, and vitamins B6 and C.
Remember that if the garlic has germinated, it is in any case can not be thrown away. Sprouted garlic even more useful! However, this applies not only to garlic. Sprouted vegetables and grains generally contain more antioxidants.
We offer to your attention a few recipes proper use of garlic.
Recipe 1. For beginners
What do you need?
One head of garlic
Peel garlic and slice each clove with a knife. Let stand for 15 minutes.
Put the garlic in a small container (good Bank with a tight lid) and cover with honey.
Close the container lid and keep in a dark place for 3-5 days.
After the mixture rises, keep it in the refrigerator.
Eat 1-2 cloves daily.
Recipe 2. For “advanced users”
What do you need?
2 tablespoons Apple cider vinegar
2 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
3-5 cm of fresh ginger root (peeled and grated)
Pinch Cayenne pepper (optional)
2 cups (500 ml) of drinking water
What to do?
Bring the water to a boil and let cool.
Clean the garlic and cut the teeth with a knife. Let stand for 15 minutes.
Mix Apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, ginger and Cayenne pepper.
Pour mixture in cooled water.
Allow to steep for 5 minutes.
Enjoy a freshly prepared beverage.
Recipe 3. For “professionals”
What do you need?
1 Cup of garlic
½ Cup Apple cider vinegar
½ Cup honey
Pinch of black pepper
What to do?
Peel and chop in a blender the garlic. Let stand for 15 minutes.
Mix Apple cider vinegar with honey and pour this solution is garlic.
Leave the mixture for one month in a cool dark place.
Strain through cheesecloth and store in the refrigerator.
Take 10-20 drops at a time, if necessary dilute with water.
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