Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, knew the health benefits of garlic he used to prescribe it to treat a number of medical conditions. Today it seems that this incredible ancient Greek physician knew what modern science is, only NOW, proving!
Some of the health benefits of Garlic.
Lowering cholesterol levels
Helping to reduce high Blood pressure
Can help regulate blood sugar levels
Helps with digestion
Can boost the immune system
It has also been linked to an increase in Libido!
Garlic was also used as a performance enhancing substance, it was traditionally used in ancient cultures to reduce fatigue and enhance the work capacity of labourers, and it was administered to Olympic athletes in ancient Greece.
But before you start adding it to every dish you cook, there is something you need to know. To enjoy the health benefits of garlic, it should be eaten raw….
The reason for this is the garlic plant contains allicin, which is an antibiotic and anti-fungal compound. that protects it against pests. And allicin is what is believed to be the source of the health benefits of garlic, that we can experience.
However, when garlic is cooked or even pickled, the allicin is destroyed.
Maybe the thought of chomping on a clove of garlic, does not get your taste buds going, however there are ways to consume this power house raw that are truly delicious!
This classic pesto recipe and variation offer a simple yet delicious way of introducing more of the heath benefits of garlic into your diet.
Vary the quantities to suit your taste. The sauce can be stirred into freshly cooked pasta, added to sandwiches or bruschetta, or mixed into bean salads, spread over roast meats or as an add on to your cheese platter.
30g pine nuts
Large bunch of fresh basil leaves
2 large garlic cloves, peeled
6 tablespoons olive oil
Juice of ¼ lemon
30g Parmesan, grated, Sea salt to taste
Lightly toast the pine nuts in a frying pan until they are pale golden brown.
Put the toasted pine nuts and remaining ingredients, except the Parmesan, in a food processor and pulse until the desired consistency is reached – I like my pesto with a bit of texture so I don’t blitz it for too long.
Stir in the grated Parmesan and add salt to taste.
This extremely versatile garlic mayonnaise has so many uses.
As a dip for veggies or chips, in potato salad, in fact you can use Aioli anywhere you would use mayonnaise. I love Aioli with fish!
3 large garlic cloves, peeled
2 free-range egg yolks
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
300ml olive oil
Juice of ¼ lemon
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Using a pestle and mortar, crush the garlic with a pinch of salt to form a paste.
In a bowl, whisk the garlic, egg yolks and mustard until well combined.
Add the olive oil in a steady stream and whisk until all the oil is absorbed and the mixture has thickened.
Add a squeeze of lemon juice and season to taste.
Aioli, works equally well served as a dip with steamed vegetables or as a sauce to accompany fish or meat.
Don’t forget to add fresh garlic to your guacamole!
In the interest of true wellbeing, it’s all about getting things in balance.
To create that balance, we must take advantage of things like the health benefits of garlic and other foods.
We must do all we can to increase our Adult Stem Cell migration so that we can help the body repair and rejuvenate and we must take care of our existing cells.
Adding regular exercise, eating a balanced diet and drinking at least 30mils of water for each KG we weigh, are al things we can do on a daily basis to create that balance.
Hippocrates knew there were answers in what we eat, and day by day his famous statement “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” Is proving to be more and more relevant.
Yours in Good health!
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