Miracle Garlic

I love garlic!  Are you like me?  I usually triple or quadruple the amount of garlic in any recipe.  It is tasty, and the health benefits are amazing!

Garlic has often been termed “miracle garlic.”  A major key to garlic’s health benefits is one of at least 33 sulfer compounds derived from raw garlic once it is crushed or finely chopped. The most important health benefit from raw garlic is the compound called Allicin.

Allicin has antibiotic, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. These properties are most strong as soon as the garlic is crushed and begin to breakdown after exposure to oxygen.  Cooking the garlic reduces the effective Allicin, and microwaving completely destroys it.  Refrigeration of crushed garlic can slow down the breakdown process.

If consumed raw and immediately upon being crushed, one clove of garlic per day may provide enough Allicin, and the rest of the desired health effects of garlic may be consumed in other forms such as garlic powder in capsules or garlic juice or oil. An equivalent of up to 16 cloves per day may need to be consumed by adults wishing to gain an antibiotic effect.  Now, I know that you are thinking that that would be miserable to smell like garlic.  However, for the benefits of garlic for your health when you are ill, the side-effect is well worth it.  In

Purchasing garlic powder and making one’s own capsules is the most economic and convenient way to consume garlic above and beyond consuming a fresh, crushed clove.  However, there are many nutraceutical grade garlic capsules that will do the trick as well.

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