“Since garlic then hath powers to save from death, bear with it though it makes unsavory breath.” This quote can be found in the Regimen sanitatis Salernitanum, a medieval medical text in poem form that today is more commonly known as the Salerno Regimen of Health. For years the book was regarded as a primary source of medical information and advice, with early physicians following the verses and doling out remedies straight from its pages.
Times have changed but the premise behind many of the ideas covered by the book remain the same. Garlic is still one of nature’s strongest medicines and a little bit of the pungent bulb goes a very long way. The positive impact it can have on human health has been observed for centuries and modern studies only back up what people knew all those years ago. Simply put, garlic does a body good. If you want to look, feel, and stay as healthy as you possibly can, then you should aim to eat more of it!
One easy way to work more garlic into your diet is by eating some first thing in the morning, before breakfast, on a completely empty stomach. As strange as it sounds, you can actually help strengthen and heal yourself by doing exactly that. If you’re thinking there’s no way I can choke down raw garlic in the morning, don’t worry about it because you should be using either roasted garlic or garlic supplements instead. Not only are coated capsules easy to swallow down with a glass of water, they also work best because they dissolve in the intestines rather than the stomach.
When you take garlic right after you wake up great things will start happening in your body and the following are the main health benefits that you can naturally derive from doing so:
1) Reduced Blood Pressure- It reduces hypertension and the risk of developing dangerous blood clots. Garlic promotes overall circulatory health because it acts as a natural blood thinner which makes it easier for the heart to pump blood.
2) Helps Prevent Heart Attacks- Garlic can prevent heart attacks by slowing and reducing the development of atherosclerosis, which is the narrowing and hardening of arteries that decreases blood flow and can lead to both blood clots and heart attacks.
3) Reduce Bad Cholesterol Levels- Studies have shown that garlic lowers the LDL cholesterol, which is the “bad” type of cholesterol that puts people at increased risk for heart attacks.
4) Stabilizes Blood Sugar- Studies show that garlic increases the amount of insulin available in people with diabetes and so it helps to regulate the amount of glucose in the blood.
5) Boost Immunity- Garlic is excellent for boosting your immune system because it’s packed with nutrients like potassium, fiber, Vitamins C and B6, and so much more. If you ever get a cold skip the medications and take some garlic instead, its been proven to help reduce the severity of symptoms associated with the flu and common cold.
6) It May Help Prevent Cancer- Garlic is recognized by the National Cancer Institute as potentially having anticancer properties. However, more studies are needed to determine how and why this is so. The anti-cancer link may be down to the fact that it helps to relieve oxidative stress, meaning its natural antioxidant properties aid our bodies in removing damage causing free radicals and thus provides protection against them.
7) Other Associated Benefits- Garlic can also help our bodies absorb minerals, improve impotence, prevent yeast infections, protect against osteoarthritis, clean and reduce fatty build up in the liver, and act as a natural antibiotic.
There you have it, some of the top ways that garlic can benefit your bodily health! Below is a recipe for oven roasted garlic that you can make ahead of time and so there’s no excuse not to eat more of this potent super-food!
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Take some garlic bulbs, remove the dry outer skin, and carefully cut off the tops of the bulbs.
3. Take a piece of tin foil, lay it flat, then place an equal sized piece of parchment paper on top of the foil.
4. Place the garlic atop the parchment paper and drizzle the bulbs with olive oil.
5. Wrap them up neat and tightly in the foil before placing them on a pan in the oven, roast for 1 hour.
6. Remove, unwrap, allow to cool, and then gently squeeze the garlic bulbs to remove the clove.
7. Serve and use them right away or place them in a covered storage container where they’ll keep for a few days in the fridge.
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