Me and Garlic – Still a Better Love Story Than Twilight ~ By Natalia Oparka


 

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      Since I found out that vampires magically transformed from dark and mysterious creatures of the night into piano players who wear make up and sparkle in daylight, I turned over a new leaf and decided to find myself a suitable companion in the kitchen. Obviously, I wasn’t the first one to discover and fall in love with this humble member of onion family; Garlic has been used as both an ingredient in the kitchen and medicine since the times of the Pharaohs. In 18th century French gravediggers used crushed garlic to protect themselves from the plague. It also hasn’t been forsaken in modern times. Garlic was used in both World Wars to protect the wounded soldiers from infections and gangrene.

These days, garlic is commonly known as indispensable in case of colds (there is an actual research that supports its anti-cold superpowers). Garlic also prevents heart disease, lowers the blood pressure and slows down atherosclerosis (a serious disease in which plaque is built up inside one’s arteries). Interestingly enough, the recent research suggests that garlic is also found to help fight off diseases, such as cancer (especially colon, stomach, esophagus, and breast cancer). It is also used in dermatology to get rid of skin infections and diseases, such as athlete’s foot or ringworm. Consequently, there is no doubt that garlic is the vegetable to reach for when we need to strengthen out immune system.

I know what you are all thinking; all this goodness for the small price of constant bad breath, but nature also finds a cure for that. There are several ways of dealing with the nightmarish garlic breath after dinner, here are some of them:

  • Eating raw apples
  • Drinking lemon juice or green tea
  • Eating some parsley leaves

Just to finish off with some food for thought, here’s my super easy homemade garlic sauce recipe:

INGREDIENTS:

2 cloves of crushed garlic

1/2 cup of natural yogurt (the thicker the better)

2 tablespoons of mayonnaise

pinch of salt

pinch of pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

Mix them all up and voila – you just got healthier !!!

*If you want to read more about the benefits of eating garlic, go to:

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/glossary/garlic

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/garlic

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