Immune System Booster
We are told that garlic boosts our immune system. Well, I am convinced! I thought since spring was here I could cut down on my weekly (about 4 days a week) intake of garlic. I hadn’t had any in about two weeks. Well, guess what? I had the flu yesterday…ugh!! The first time I have been sick since a bad chest cold in early November, not even a sniffle in between. That cold in November reminded me that winter was here and it was time to start my almost daily intake of garlic again.
According to WebMD, garlic has just 4 calories per clove, it’s a low-cal immunity-boosting superstar. One clove contains 5 mg of calcium, 12 mg of potassium, and more than 100 sulfuric compounds — powerful enough to wipe out bacteria and infection (it was used to prevent gangrene in both world wars). Raw garlic, not cooked or dried, is most beneficial for health, since heat and water inactivate sulfur enzymes, which can diminish garlic’s antibiotic effects. In clinical trials, the toxin-fighting staple seems to lower blood pressure and cholesterol and kill parasites in the body.
I don’t take herbal supplement pills if I can get the real thing at the store, mostly because I have a hard time remembering to take a pill every day. I put garlic in almost everything during the winter months, I even make garlic tea. I put fresh minced garlic in hamburgers, scrambled eggs, green beans, asparagus, pastas, any potato side dish and meals like chili and spaghetti.
For garlic tea I use two large cloves, peeled and cut in half. I let them steep in a mug for about 10 minutes and add honey to taste. I don’t fish the cloves out before I drink it, I eat the cloves when the tea is all gone. They are actually pretty mellow after the hot water bath. The real reason behind drinking the tea and eating the cloves is for my tonsils but that is an entirely different article.
My brother swears that eating a lot of garlic keeps the mosquitoes away. In my research I found that garlic also helps keep tics away. However, it isn’t good to give a dog raw garlic (or anything in the onion family) because it puts the dog at risk of toxicosis. The damage to the red blood cells caused by onions and garlic generally doesn’t become apparent until three to five days after a dog eats these vegetables
So, if you live in an area where mosquitoes eat you up during the summer just start eating garlic!