“You can never have enough Garlic.  With enough Garlic, you can eat the New York Times.”  This hilarious quote by Morley Safer is full of truth!  Garlic has been recognized as a prize herb since the beginning of recorded history and is one of the earliest documented plants used for health maintenance and the treatment of disease.  Ancient medical texts from China, India, Egypt, Greece, and Italy have all prescribed medical “prescriptions” for Garlic.  It’s referred to in the Bible and has been found in Egyptian pyramids, with well-preserved Garlic cloves present in King Tutankhamen’s tomb.  Cultures that never came into contact with each other have drawn the same conclusion:  Garlic breath is a good thing!

This perennial herb produces an underground bulbous root containing up to 20 individual “bulb-lets” — commonly known as cloves of Garlic.  Belonging to the family of Alliaceae, there are several different cultivar varieties from extra-large elephant Garlic to wild field Garlic.  Modern science can be slow, but is consistently confirming what people have experienced for thousands of years.  Here are five reasons to START SOMEWHERE adding more Garlic to your day:

  1. Eating Garlic regularly improves heart disease.  It can help prevent atherosclerosis, also known as hardening of the arteries.  This “hardening” is caused by plaque buildup that can block blood flow and cause heart attacks and strokes.  
  2. Garlic strengthens the immune system.  With a properly functioning immune system, your body is able to fight off infections as well as diseases such as cancer.  In test tubes, garlic has been shown to kill cancer cells.  The Iowa Women’s Health Study reviewed the eating habits of 41,000 middle-aged women.  They found that those who regularly consumed garlic, fruits, and vegetables had a 35 percent lower risk of colon cancer.  If you’ve been following my midweek blogs on whole food, you know that this makes perfect sense!
  3. It may help men with an enlarged prostate.  A diet high in garlic, onion, and leeks has been found to increase prostate health and possibly reduce the odds of prostate cancer.  Since the prostate gland surrounds the urethra as it exits the bladder, an enlarged prostate can constrict normal urine flow and affects 50% of American men by age 50.  This disrupts life, especially sleep.
  4. Garlic is incredibly nutritious, calorie for calorie.  A one-ounce serving contains measurable quantities of Vitamin C, Manganese, Vitamin B6, Selenium, fiber, Iron, and Calcium, as well as trace amounts of other nutrients.  
  5. This herb contains antioxidants that can improve brain health.  Free radicals cause oxidative damage that accelerate aging.  Foods with antioxidants counteract or detoxify these harmful effects.  Free radicals are part of normal metabolism, as well as from processed food and environmental toxins.

Garlic breath is a good thing! It gives your body much of what it needs to function optimally.  Whole food is the place to start if you want to LIVE YOUNGER!  You can do it.  I will help you!        

Garlic Breath is a Good Thing!

Garlic Breath is a Good Thing!