by Paul Fassa
December 19th, 2013
Winter isn’t far off and you know what that means: colds, flues and, assorted respiratory infections. Why not start boosting your immune system before winter settles in? Only this winter, you’ll want to try utilizing the amazing immune-boosting spice known as garlic. As the weather cools and seasons shift, preserve your health, fortify your internal defenses, and eradicate seasonal illness with warming spices and foods like a 52 clove garlic soup.
Real food is the best medicine money can buy. Remember the cure is in the kitchen!
Garlic is Nature’s Original Wonder Drug
The Greeks, Egyptians and Romans effectively used garlic to treat a host of ailments including infections, digestive problems, and high blood pressure. Many Italians even used to send their children to school with garlands of garlic around their necks to prevent colds.
During World War 1, British army doctors successfully treated life threatening infections by applying raw, garlic juice diluted with water directly to wounds. Russian army physicians used the same garlic protocol in World War II with the addition of garlic and onions added to the diet.
Many of the health benefits of garlic are due to an active compound known as allicin. Allicin is the compound in garlic that gives it its pungent odor as well as its powerful health benefits. A mere one milligram of allicin is nearly 15x as potent as penicillin. The compound offers a broad spectrum of protection against pathogenic bacteria, viruses, parasites, antibiotic resistant MRSA, yeast infections, and is even one of many amazing cancer-fighting foods.
Garlic contains 33 active sulfur-containing substances. When ingested, allicin converts to sulfenic acid, which is the fastest acting free radical eliminator bar none.
Recently, the University of Florida found eating garlic increased the number of virus fighting T-cells in the bloodstream.
The Best Way to Consume Garlic
Savvy health experts increasingly promote eating whole foods as a foundational healing method as opposed to taking supplements, especially when it comes to garlic. Eating garlic is by far the best way to ensure garlic’s numerous health benefits.
Most consider the proper way to eat garlic for health purposes is to first smash a whole fresh clove with a garlic press, or chop it, or smash it with the back of a knife. Then wait about 5 minutes before consuming.
This ritual activates the potent, medicinal allicin in garlic. Caveat: If you buy powered or jarred garlic, you will not experience the full spectrum of medicinal benefits that garlic offers.