Garlic: Not Just for Scaring Away Vampires
When you hear the term “Super Foods” what do you think of? A broccoli crown dressed as superman? A bunch of kale crime fighting? These are both fun ideas but not what is meant by “super food”. A super food is sometimes used to describe food with high phytonutrient content that may confer health benefits as a result.
Another common definition is that a super food is one which has high concentrations of essential nutrients with proven health benefits, with few properties generally considered to be negative (such as being high in saturated fats or artificial ingredients, food additives or contaminants).
An often-cited example of a super food (or super fruit) is blueberries. They contain high concentrations of various antioxidants, anthocyanins, vitamin C, manganese, and dietary fiber,they have a compound, pterostilbene, which acts to protect the heart in the same way as cholesterol-lowering drugs, are low in calories and are most often organically grown. Any way you look at it, putting a super food in your face is much better for you than putting a fast food in your face!
Garlic is a Super Food
Garlic is awesome. Period. It has super strong immune system boosters in it as well as healthy heart pumping boosters. It is said to be good for everything from your immune system to your stomach to your heart. It is something that is best ingested straight as raw garlic. If you just can’t stomach raw garlic, try roasting your garlic in the oven for about an hour at 325 degrees. Add a little olive oil into the clove with a touch of spice. It’s wonderful in mashed potatoes, guacamole, on crackers and in many other dishes. It tastes awesome and does awesome things for your body.
What’s So Healthy About Garlic?
Garlic is a sulphurous compound and in general a stronger tasting clove has more sulphur content and hence more potential medicinal value. Some people have suggested that organically grown garlic tends towards a higher sulphur level and hence greater benefit to health. Whether or not that is in fact the case, in my experience it certainly has the best taste. The blogs on eDrugstore.com is an excellent site filled with health news relating to natural remedies for common ailments, along with time tested cures for common health problems. Garlic is known to be good for just about everything that ails you. Tests are being done to prove it’s stance in removing free radicals from your body. Free radicals are known to cause and be present with cancer.