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28 September 2010 14 Comments

garlic and health benefits

Where an apple a day keeps the doctor away,  Garlic will surely keep everyone at bay  🙂  The stinky herb which has acquired a mixed reputation due to its strong & pungent flavors and the various health benefits associated with it.

For many it’s a wonder food while for others Garlic does not exist!  My grandmother has never touched a garlic pod in her life due to ethical reasons.  But my father, a doctor by profession always made sure that garlic is an integral part of cooking at our home.

Yes the staunch aroma and pungent taste is good enough to deter many health enthusiastic from trying out this super food. But the medicinal benefits attached to the humble herb are a perfect reward to your health.

Health Benefits;

  • Allicin, the most important chemical present in Garlic has proved to be beneficial for curing many ailments.
  • Garlic is supposed to be anti-carcinogenic and has antiseptic properties.
  • The wonder food is an excellent remedy for blood pressure and many heart related ailments.
  • Good for common cold.
  • Garlic strengthens immune system.
  • Rich source of selenium and is helpful in reducing the fat cells in our body.
  • Other minerals present in garlic are, manganese, calcium, potassium, copper, sulphur, thiamin and vitamin C.

Prudent way to include Garlic in diet;

  • Allicin, the important chemical present in it is released only when the garlic is crushed and used for cooking.
  • To improve health benefits from garlic make sure to peel it and crush the pearls before adding it to the meals.
  • The best way to get the most from the garlic is to eat it the natural way! It is Yuk, but sure will do more good to your health than you could ever imagine.
  • You could try the garlic pearls in the form of capsules available in many medical stores, if you dislike the smell of it.
  • A good option is to roast the garlic pods in an oven and eat it.
  • Try frying the garlic pearls in a little ghee and sprinkle salt and white pepper to it.
  • Add garlic paste to all the Curries and veggie preparations.
  • Garlic in soups adds up the health benefits.
  • Indian bread or chapattis made with mint and crushed garlic is a delight.
  • Garlic bread is a delicacy which, I am sure many will like to devour.

garlic pickle

Try this tangy Garlic pickle from Different Strokes.

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14 Comments »

  • Neeta Nagar said:

    very informative

  • vaishali said:

    mouthwatering!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Priya said:

    Very informative post, garlic pickle looks irresistible..

  • Sharmilee said:

    Very tempting click…garlic in any form except raw is my fav…this pickle looks so yum

  • kairalisisters said:

    woow..Great info..Garlic is at its best when eaten raw…The pickle looks irresistibly tempting…

  • Swathi said:

    Nice Info. Love garlic chutney.

  • satya said:

    very informative post ..i love garlic flavor too ..thanks for sharing

  • Hari Chandana said:

    OMG !!.. looks very tempting and delicous. .amazing clicks 🙂

  • Srimathi said:

    I am a big garlic person. I love anything that has garlic, your clicks are so amazing. I love the pickle too. Thanks for sharing.

  • Faith said:

    Garlic is one of my favorite ingredients. Thanks for sharing all the great info on it! The garlic pickle looks delicious!

  • FOODESSA said:

    Sanjeeta…this is a great time to bring up garlic…especially with some colder months starting to sneak up on us ;o)

    Great post!

    Ciao for now,
    Claudia

  • Krishnaveni said:

    thanks for this informative post

  • Treat and Trick said:

    Very informative post, garlic could do wonders to our health..

  • A Canadian Foodie said:

    So that red tomatoey stuff is the garlic pickle? It looks deadly – all photos do. And, I am the Garlic Queen. I eat so much of it, I never get garlic breath or have it ooze from my skin. It is just a part of my molecular make up. Love garlic on everything every way I can get it… well…. mainly raw. YUM!
    Great information
    Valerie

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