Garlic Benefits

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As a well-known natural remedy, garlic has several healthy benefits and has been used to treat many health problems. It can be found easily and you do not have to limit the use to fresh garlic only. Many recipes include garlic.

Garlic Nutritional Values

Nutrients in Garlic

(1 ounce)

Nutrient

%Daily Value

Manganese

Vitamin B6

Vitamin C

Selenium

Calcium

Tryptophan

Phosphorus

Vitamin B1

Copper

Calories (26)

15%

11%

9.3%

3.6%

3.2%

3.1%

2.7%

2.6%

2.5%

1%

Garlic Benefits

Benefit

Description

Fight Bacteria and Virus

The antibacterial and antiviral properties in garlic are well-known. These can help prevent food poisoning when they kill bacteria like E. coli and Salmonella. Garlic also helps with bacterial, fungal, worm, yeast and viral infections.

Improve Metabolism

The diallyl sulphides in garlic increase ferroportin in the body and this helps improve iron metabolism.

Alleviate Toothache

The antibacterial and analgesic powers in garlic can aid in reducing the pain from a toothache.

Reduce Weight

Garlic helps slow the formation of fat cells in the body. The anti-inflammatory factor of garlic is what slows this production.

Treat Skin Infections

A chemical called ajoene helps treat skin infections caused by a fungus, such as ringworm and athlete’s foot.

Thin Blood

This same chemical aids in the prevention of blood clots. This can be dangerous if you are having surgery.

Regulate Blood Sugar Level

Another property of garlic is to increase insulin release and help to regulate sugar levels in diabetics.

Lower Blood Pressure

The allicin in garlic helps reduce blood pressure and the polysulphides are turned into hydrogen sulphide. This sulfide helps to control a person’s blood pressure.

Reduce Cholesterol

The ability to lower cholesterol is another property of garlic. It also helps reduce the formation of plaque.

Improve Allergic Symptoms

The juice of raw garlic can be used to stop the itching from rashes and bug bites. Garlic can also improve airway issues due to allergic reactions.

Protect Heart

These same sulfides protect the health of the heart. They prevent arteries from hardening and becoming blocked. The blood thinning qualities in garlic also helps prevent clots from forming in the blood vessels.

Prevent Cancers

Using garlic daily is a way to lower your risk of certain cancers. The allyl sulphides in garlic prevent transformation of PhlP into cancer cells.

Treat Respiratory Conditions

The antibacterial properties of garlic can reduce the number of colds you get. It also can help treat upper respiratory infections, asthma and difficulty in breathing. Garlic can also be used as an expectorant to aid the body in loosening mucus.

Combat Warts and Corns

When garlic is put on warts and corns, it is thought to help these conditions.

Stir Up Passion

Garlic can enhance circulation in the body which increases the body’s ability to feel passionate.

Garlic Recipes

Garlic Bread

Ingredients

  • Italian or French bread, 16 ounce loaf
  • Unsalted butter, ½ cup, softened
  • Garlic, 2 large cloves, smashed and minced
  • Parsley, freshly chopped, 1 heaping tablespoon
  • Parmesan cheese, ¼ cup, grated (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Horizontally cut the loaf in half. Combine garlic, butter, and parsley. Spread butter over the halves of bread and put on a baking pan. Heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Take the pan from the oven and sprinkle cheese, if you want some. Broil for 2 or 3 minutes until the bread edges are toasted. Remove from oven.

Here is a video to give you an example.

Garlic Pasta

Ingredients

  • Kosher salt, 1 teaspoon, plus to taste
  • Spaghetti, 1 pound
  • Garlic Cloves, 3, minced
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, ½ cup
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Flat-leaf parsley, 2 tablespoons
  • Lemon, ½ zested, optional
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano, optional

Directions

  1. Boil a pot of cold water then add salt. Cook pasta until tender.
  2. As the pasta cooks, mix the garlic, olive oil, a teaspoon salt and pepper flakes in a skillet and warm. Stir occasionally about 8 minutes or until garlic softens.
  3. Drain the pasta and keep about ¼ cup of the water. Add the pasta and water to the garlic mixture, season to taste.

Here is a video to give you an example.

Garlic Sauce

Ingredients

  • Butter, 1 ½ ounce
  • Onion, chopped finely
  • Garlic Cloves, 2, crushed
  • White wine, 1 glass
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Flour, 1 ounce
  • Milk, ½ pint

Directions

  1. In a saucepan, melt ½ ounce of butter and add the onions and cook until soft. Add garlic and cook for another minute and season with pepper and salt. After adding the wine, turn up heat and cook until volume is reduced by half. Take off the heat.
  2. In a different pan, melt the rest of the butter and add the flour. Cook and stir about five minutes. It’s time to add the milk. You need to add it slowly – add a little, stir, then add a little more. It was look like a pastry, then dough, but as you add the milk, it will become a thick sauce.
  3. Add the onion and garlic mixture.

Here is a video to give you an example.

Garlic Shrimp

Ingredients

  • Olive oil, 1 ½ tablespoons
  • Shrimp, 1 pound, peeled and deveined
  • Salt
  • Garlic, 6 cloves, finely minced
  • Red Pepper Flakes, ¼ teaspoon
  • Lemon Juice, 3 tablespoons
  • Caper Brine, 1 tablespoon
  • Butter, cold, 1 ½ teaspoons
  • Italian flat leaf parsley, divided, 1/3 cup
  • Cold butter, 1 ½ tablespoons

Directions

  1. Using a heavy skillet, heat olive oil over high heat until it starts to smoke. Put the shrimp in one layer in pan and cook without stirring for one minute.
  2. Add salt to the shrimp and stir until shrimp begins to look pink, around one minute.
  3. Add in garlic and pepper flakes. Stir and cook one minute. Add lemon juice, caper brine, 1 ½ teaspoon of cold butter and half of the parsley.
  4. When the butter has melted, turn heat down and add in 1 ½ tablespoons of butter. Stir while cooking until butter has melted and begun to form a sauce and the shrimp look opaque and pink, around two to three minutes.
  5. Using a slotted spoon, take the shrimp from the pan and keep cooking the butter sauce, adding a little water if it seems too thick, for around two minutes. Add salt to taste.
  6. The shrimp is served topped with the sauce from the pan.

Here is a video to give you an example.

 
 
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