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How to Maximize Garlic's Health Benefits

How to Maximize Garlic's Healing Potential

garlicIn my opinion, the only downside to consuming lots of garlic is having stinky breath. This mighty food adds an abundance of flavor to dishes and can help a variety of ailments putting it at the top of my superfood list.

Just some of garlic's healing properties include warding off colds, reducing inflammation, and boosting immunity. What's not to love? Here are a few garlic tips and tricks:

Keep reading for more garlic goodness.

  • Soothe a sore throat: To help heal a sore throat with garlic, mix six pressed garlic cloves with hot water, and gargle with this garlic tea twice a day, for three days. The warm liquid soothes inflamed tissues, while the garlic has antimicrobial properties that fight pain-causing bacteria.
  • Try cooking with garlic scraps: The long, thin, green stems that shoot up above the garlic bulb are delicious. They taste like garlic, but are much milder. You can sauté them in olive oil and eat them on their own, or they can be used in recipes such as dips, sauces, stir-frys, and soups to add a garlic flavor and green color. Not to mention, they contain a good amount of protein, vitamin C, and calcium.

And don't stop there! Be sure to learn about the healing properties associated with ginger!

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nutella2683 nutella2683 5 years
I love garlic sooo much (almost too much) that I find that it not only affects my breath but it stays on my fingers for days after I've cooked with it! Just yesterday I looked into how to blanch garlic to reduce the bite/potency but does that have any affect on the aforementioned health benefits at all? Thanks in advance :)
Healthy-Hideout Healthy-Hideout 5 years
Garlic stems are amazing! I love reading about the great benefits of garlic as we incorporate a lot of garlic into our diets. I consider it one of the rare "superfoods" -- Thanks for the article!
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