Celebrate National Garlic Day Today

Today is National Garlic day and as garlic has so many health benefits, I think that it is something definitely worth celebrating.  For many years garlic has been considered a “wonderfood” because it can cure so many ailments ranging from the common cold to the plague.  It is unlikely that we will experience a plague again but you can imagine the power of garlic if it can cure it.

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Cardiovascular health- We often hear that garlic is great for the heart, it is best in its raw form, you can eat a clove or finely chop it.  If you are concerned about garlic breath swallowing a small clove whole is better than chopping.  

Acne- Most people experience acne at some point in their lives and it can be quite distressing.  Incorporating more garlic in to the diet can help with acne, especially if you use it along side another topical treatment.  Garlic helps because it has antibiotic and blood cleansing properties.

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Antioxidant – Garlic is a great antioxidant; allicin naturally increases antioxidant enzymes atalase and glutathione peroxidase in your blood. It can help against the damaging effects of nicotine and slows the aging process of your liver.

Anti-Bacterial – Garlic has 1% of the potency of penicillin and can ward off a number of bacteria such as Listeria, Salmonella, and E. coli.  The problem with conventional antibiotics is that bacteria develops a resistance to them, this is not the case with garlic.

Blood clots- Many heart attacks are caused by blood clots as the clot blocks the flow of blood in the artery. Garlic can be an aid against heart attacks because it contains an oil which interferes with the formation of blood clots. If a clot does form, garlic has an ingredient to help dissolve it, and so minimize damage.

So why not try out a new recipe this evening incorporating more garlic that you usually would.  Delicious magazine has featured some delicious recipes, click the link below to view them.

http://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/searchresults.aspx?type=300&search=garlic

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