Raw Food Health Benefits


9 User Reviews
5 star (9) 

Posted by Toni (Toledo, Ohio) on 06/13/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I take 2 cloves of raw garlic a day and have not been sick in over a year. I hate the taste of garlic, so I put a little bit of pudding or apple sauce on a spoon then I put 1 clove of finely minced raw garlic on top and then cover that with more pudding or applesauce, then just swallow it down. Do this twice a day. This is the easiest way to ever take raw garlic. Remember to get the full benefits of garlic it must be raw.

Posted by Laura (Seattle, WA) on 10/16/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I've been using garlic for years for a variety of things. Usually I use it for colds. At the first sign of a cold, chop up 4 cloves of raw garlic and eat. I prefer to use it as a garnish on an already garlicy type food like soups or spaghettie, it helps make the taste not so obvious. Keep up with 4 cloves a day, then reduce the number as your symptoms decrease. This can stop a cold from manifesting, or it will shorten and weaken your colds. I used to have chronic bronchitis after every cold, now I haven't had it in years. I also only get one cold a year usually. Yeah, I don't smell great but I'm not missing so much work!

I will also use raw garlic juice on rashes and bug bites. It stops the itching immediately, and I pretty much use it for anytime I might need a phytoncide.

Posted by Jane (Los Angeles, CA) on 04/07/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I noticed that when I came down with a cold - I would always start to crave raw garlic. So I thought I would try it the next time before the cold took hold. It worked like a charm! Now I use it every time I feel a cold or flu coming on. It has to be raw garlic. I chop a few large cloves (as much as I can handle) finely and sprinkle it on buttered toast or in my food. You should be sure to chew the garlic to release the essential oils. I continue this once or twice a day until i'm better - could take a few days to completely get well - but I have managed to fend off every cold since I discovered the "garlic cure." (this is good for colds and flus except if you are coming down with a stomach bug - in which case it could aggravate your stomach.)

Posted by Michelle (Albuquerque, NW) on 01/09/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Fresh Garlic cured my Bronchitis and Sinus Infection. 1 finely diced clove (not the entire bulb) 3x's daily with any complimentary food that has been cooled almost to room temp (eg. diced tomatoes, avocado, chicken noodle soup, spaghetti sauce, pizza, or even apple pie.) Garlic is a natural antibiotic and antifungal. Within an hour or so, easier to breather and think, in 4 days cleared up symptoms. Took for 7 days to eliminate any chance of becoming ill again. Drawbacks: odiferous breath, and the odor also emanates from the pores of the skin. Use strong breath mints/cologne/essential oils to your liking.

Replied by Stan
(Perth, Western Australia)

eat parsley after the garlic no smell at all

Posted by Rick (Victoria, Australia) on 11/24/2006
5 out of 5 stars

Cut garlic clove into small pieces. Swallow them in one go with just a little water. This cures Bloating, stomach cramps and constipation.

Posted by Nancy (Kingston, NY) on 10/26/2006
5 out of 5 stars

For the past month or so I have had a horrendous cough with watery eyes, sinus drip and tickling in my lungs. The coughs were sounding real bad - like honking almost. I did a search on the net and figured I would try the garlic before going to the doctor (fearing of course TB or cancer etc...) Well - after only 48 hours of chewing a piece of elephant garlic as soon as the tickling began -- the cough has greatly reduced!! This morning the tickling moved from one lung to the other -- and I'm still chasing it with the garlic. I have had Lymes twice and whatever this infection is - reminds me of Lymes in the way it seems to move around inside the body. Whatever this is can't escape the wonderful garlic fumes. I even dropped a few slices in my wine last night. IT WORKS!!! Thank you so much.

Posted by Haywood (Arlington, VA) on 03/16/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I cut up cloves like the size of pills, and took them with water. I did this treatment at night so I could go through the next day without being bothered with hay fever.

Posted by R Smith (LONDON) on 01/02/2006
5 out of 5 stars

You can simply chew a peeled clove of raw garlic in the mouth, making sure you chomp it sufficiently into small pieces. The juices will be absorbed by your tongue almost immediately into your system, and is a fast way of getting it into the body. You can spit out the pieces without swallowing them, once the juice has been absorbed.

Pesticide Guides

Posted by Rob (Manhattan, New York) on 04/29/2010

Dirty Dozen... good advice on what foods you should buy organic...

Raw Cacao

Posted by Sue M. (Worden, Il, Usa) on 01/04/2013

I saw David Wolfe's video this morning from the TEDxHelsinki on his "Passion for Chocolate" and all it's health benefits, so I thought I'd post it for all of you to look at.


Raw Smoothies

1 User Review

Posted by Lauren (Queens, NY) on 12/09/2016
0 out of 5 stars

Hi everyone:

I have a quick question. I am hypothyroid for 8 years. I just started making smoothies for breakfast in an effort to be healthier. The veggies I use in the smoothies are: Zucchini, Cucumbers, Carrots, lettuce, and I add apples for a little sweetness. Well, the weird thing is that instead of feeling better, I am feeling worse. Does anyone know why this is happening? please I would love to hear you guys thoughts on this cause I am very confused now. Thanks guys.

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Yes, Lauren, I got that answer from a Chinese Medicine practitioner: you should be eating every meal especially breakfast, HOT! Soups/stews for dinner etc.

So now I cook up my apple/pear for a few minutes before I put all my additions of nuts and seeds into it for breakfast, and I marvel at the difference this has made.

Replied by Lauren

Thanks for that response. appreciate it....I did read that somewhere myself a while ago. The thing is though, a lot of times I do drink it late in the afternoon and the same thing happens...I am baffled since none of these foods are goitrogenic. Thanks for that input though.

Replied by Tiffany

Unless zucchini is organic, it's probably GMO. You MUST eat organic (or just don't eat it) to heal your thyroid and adrenal glands. They are delicately interconnected.


1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Kimberly (Los Angeles, California/USA) on 05/03/2009

I am starting a raw food "diet" today. A friend told me that she calls it the D-Diet (D for Diarrhea), because it causes her to run to the bathroom all the time. So much so that she had to stop the diet because she wasn't able to work (tutor). I am going to start out slowly ha ha. Anyone have any yummy recipes to share? If I find any good books or recipes, will post them here.

Replied by Selena
(Chula, GA)

I love doing raw food fasts. It has never given me diarrhea though. Guess it depends on what you eat. The most important thing is to be prepared. Make a list and go to the grocery store on a full stomach. I am already a skinny person so I do not worry about the weight loss effects. I always base my food choices from a Health stand point and not a "weight" issue. When I fast with raw foods, I eat lots of avocadoes and soaked nuts (I suffer from hypoglycemia and this helps). They are filling and help me get through the first 2 days, which are the hardest for me. I also eat raw egg shakes (cage free,hormone and antibiotice free of course) This is something I have done most of my life (consume raw eggs) and I have never gotten sick from one and do not fear it. I do believe that healthy chickens lay healthier eggs, so I always buy cage-free for raw consumption. Here are my favorite recipes for my fasts. I make a homemade Mexican type dish by dicing 2 avocados, 1/2 med. onion, 1 tomato, 1 tbsp cilantro, a squeeze of a lemon or lime wedge, 1/2 jalepeno pepper finely chopped (I do not remove the seeds), and a tsp of a high quality cold pressed oil(olive,sesame,etc). Sometimes I take that mixture and use it as a salad topper instead of using a salad dressing. Another filling treat when raw, is to take about 1 cup of raw almonds (soaked overnight with water drained off) and put in a food processor with a splash of vanilla extract, a cup of ice and 2 tbsp of raw honey. My 12 year old loves this. It reminds me of butter pecan ice cream. Their are several very good websites for raw food recipes. Just type it in your search engine. I wish you much success on your fast. Never leave your home unprepared...always take quick access nuts and fruits with you.

Replied by Kimberly
(Los Angeles, CA)

Thank you so much for the advice and recipes Selena! I started my research yesterday and ended up buying 3 books on Amazon on raw food diets. Also found a number of websites that have what looks to be delicious recipes like sunburgers (made from sunflower seeds) and butterscotch pudding (bananas, dates, apricots, almonds and vanilla). Looking forward to trying your recipes as well!! Thanks again. Kimberly.

Replied by Dianna
(Austin, TX)
5 out of 5 stars

here is a recipe for chia seed pudding:

1 cup Chia Seeds
1 cup total combined raw nuts: almonds, walnuts & macadamias
_ to _ cup of organic shredded coconut
_ plus cups of agave nectar (stevia or maple syrup can be used)
1 tsp. Cinnamon
Pinch of good Salt (sea, celtic, redmond's, red salt, etc.)

1. Place the almonds, walnuts and macadamias nut in a bowl and cover with good filtered water for 1-4 hours.

2. Put the chia seeds in a large mixing bowl (it must be able to hold 8-10 cups) and pour 6 cups of good filtered water over the seeds, and stir with a wire whisk. Stir a second time in another 15 minutes. This keeps the seeds from clumping.

3. After the nuts have soaked (referred to as activating), drain off the water, put the nuts in a blender along with the coconut, agave nectar, Vanilla, Cinnamon and salt. Add one cup of filtered water to the blender, and whirl on high for a couple of minutes until everything is a smooth milky consistency.

4. Pour the mixture into the bowl with the chia seeds and whisk until blended. And it is done!

5. Store in a glass jar in the frig.

it is super yummy!

EC: Dianna, so sorry, can you please tell us again the measurements of the coconut and agave nectar? They need to be typed in like this -- 1/2 or 3/4, otherwise the database doesn't recognize it. Thanks!

Replied by Vacant Home Rescue
(Scottsdale, Arizona)

Natural Food Recipes:

Zucchini Pasta with Marinara..

Cut off ends-Ribbon to Zucchini with peeler
Sauce: Food Processor (blender)

Tomatoes chopped- Raw
Red Bell Pepper chopped-raw
Sun Dried Tomatoes dry (soaked in water) or oil packed

Seasoning for Sauce:
Garlic Cloves (1-2 chopped)
Basil & Oregano (fresh)
Sea salt (only a little)
EVOO (olive oil) 2 TBS
Red Pepper (pinch)
Black Pepper (pinch)

Wait for last minute to put on zucchini so it doesn't get watery.

Top with a sprinkle of Mozzerella cheese
dash of sea salt
sprinkle of crushed red peppers!

Replied by Kev
(London, Uk)

To Tashimoto from Vancouver: Hi, cheaper blenders may blend OK to the eye and the taste buds but they are no good for serious health correction as the violence of the way they blend (centrifugal force) destroys all the enzymes present! Enzymes are the major plank in restoring health health. That's why it's best to invest a bit more and get a "masticating" blender which grinds slowly.... especially if you are a cancer patient.

All the best, Kev

Replied by Olivers
(Toledo, Oh, United States)

Garlic and basil leaves is my favorite. They are a good natural healers for me!