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Natures stinky medicine
Member Name: alnilam
Advantages: good for cooking, good for you
What to say about something so "regular", something so "casual", something that we take for granted... It's garlic, it's a thing we use for seasoning...
Well first thing that has to be said is that I feel that as we, as a civilization prosper we take to many things for granted and use them because they are used by others or because it's the legacy of our mothers not really knowing what else, except the obvious culinary uses things have... Garlic in that aspect is one of the most "over-looked", underrated plants there are. I do not mean that everybody didn't do their homework on garlic, but as I have talked to many friends most didn't have a clue.
But let's take things one step at a time...
As you probably know, garlic is a close relative to the onion. If you are lucky enough and have a chance to plant it, you will know that doing that is easy and that garlic is far from a demanding plant. You have to plant the cloves and water them here and there. Pests will stay away from garlic so you don't have to worry about that. Once the plant is fully grown you pluck it out of the ground, clean it and store it in a dry area - it won't rot and you will be able to use it for a long time.
If you can't plant it you can naturally get it in the stores, good thing about garlic is that it is relatively cheap.
It's main purpose these days is in cooking, you can add to almost every dish possible. It does not only add a strong taste to dishes it also enhances all other tastes in dish, one clove of garlic can change a dish from bland to delicious. I can't imagine my green salads without garlic.
Fish tastes the best with some garlic and parsley sauce.
There is a downside to garlic, especially raw, in dishes though... You will really have a bad breath. I personally do not think garlic really has that strong of a stench but OK. I remember prime minister Silvio Berlusconi tried to ban garlic use in Italy because of the bad breath... Can you imagine Italian food without it (pizza does not count)? This stench can be a nuisance for sure, especially if you are on a date but there is a trick to it. If you eat garlic all you have to do is eat some parsley after it, it neutralizes the smell.
The smell... Things to eat that have a great smell to them usually are not the most healthy ones (candy, candy, candy), food that is not pleasant to the eye or nose usually is healthy. Garlic fits that perfectly. There are many "mights" when it comes with garlic but there is also a lot of facts. Fact is, that garlic is a natural antibiotic, antiviral and anti fungal. It has been used as medicine for centuries. Eating it in normal quantities will keep you healthier, it will take care of milder infections and keep your immune system fit and ready. Whenever I have a cold I tend to eat a bit more of garlic and it does make me feel better.
Fact is, that garlic is good with heart diseases since it lowers blood pressure. I can confirm that it lowers it... I have a low blood pressure. Whenever I "overdose" with garlic (which I can do easily since I love it), I am lightheaded and loose even the little pressure I have.
It is supposed to help you get rid of intestinal parasites (tapeworm and such), gladly I can't confirm that, since I never had such problems.
It is supposed to help lower cholesterol levels in blood... I had elevated cholesterol at some stressful period and I did eat garlic, the cholesterol levels have dropped but they also could have dropped because I was not stressed anymore.
Some say it also regulates blood sugar.
I have recently read that there are indications that it can prevent, or better put lessen the chance, of some cancers.
It will most certainly make you feel better, it will help with the digestion.
This little plant is under "surveillance" by the scientists constantly and new and new studies come out frequently to show that garlic is helpful in many diseases and conditions. If you will go to the store and check the food supplements department, you will see that apart from cranberry (which is also one amazing plant) garlic probably dominates.
Garlic should not be taken for granted, it is a marvelous plant for you... Well unless you are garlic intolerant, then thank you for the read anyway.
Summary: A natures little antibiotic
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