Last Modified on Mar 28, 2015
One of the most commonly used cooking spices, garlic has more purposes than just being used in the kitchen. The common herb is a member of the Allium genus and has high concentrations of sulfur that make it an effective health remedy. From reducing inflammation to eliminating infection, the number of health benefits garlic possesses are seemingly limitless.
What is Garlic?
Garlic is an herb from which the leaves, seeds and flowers are used in flavoring food as well as making medicine. The herb has even been used in cosmetics, perfumes and dyes.
A member of the Allicae family, garlic is closely related to chives, leeks, and onions. An edible herb, the most common form of garlic is the traditional bulb of garlic cloves from which the bulb itself is used.
Historically speaking, garlic was first used in ancient Egypt; however, its use has spread worldwide today. This history also secured the herb as a dual-purposed plant with functions in the culinary arts as well as the medicinal world.
Health Benefits of Garlic
Garlic has a varied history of use and has been applied in numerous ways to benefit the health. Its innate composition make it an effective remedy for a variety of conditions, yet the herb can also be used to prevent a number of health problems as well.
Garlic possesses a number of active components that make it an effective health treatment. Allin, allicin, allinase and several unique sulfur compounds present in garlic give the herb its potent medical affects. These elements make garlic a powerful antibiotic, anti-viral and a fungicide.
As such, garlic is considered a “superfood” capable of treating a range of conditions. The herb effectively treats high blood pressure, high cholesterol, respiratory infection, sore throat, bacterial vaginosis and a variety of other conditions. The treatment is also effective for preventing a range of conditions including cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
With its wide range of applications, garlic has purposes that extend far beyond culinary creations. Garlic is a potent herb with a variety of active compounds that reduce inflammation, fight infection and regulate the cardiovascular system.
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Marco, a well known soux chef in Santa Monica, California, gave us this simple soup recipe for nagging coughs. This is an old Mexican recipe from Marco's mother that aided him and his siblings' flu/cold recovery process.
- Cut a garlic cubed into quarters and add to two 2 quarts of H2O.
- Boil on low flame for at least one hour.
- Strain and sip slowly.
Believe or not, this warm garlic soup has a very pleasant taste!
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Arlington, TX USA