There is a notion in health food and go natural circles that food can be used as medicine. Of course, that means eating all natural food which gives the body a chance to do what it is designed to do and heal itself. This way of living has been practiced since ancient times, actually.
“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” ~ Hippocrates
One specific food item that has been observed to have medicinal benefits and now that tradition is proven with scientific studies is garlic.
Garlic is a member of the onion family, the pungent roots that add so much flavor to foods of all sorts. The flavor is just a part of the greatness of garlic. According to medical studies, consuming garlic or adding a supplement:
- Adds much-needed manganese to the diet
- Helps to prevent the common cold and metabolic diseases
- Assists in blood pressure reduction
- Works to detoxify the body of heavy metals
So, the question for the person wanting to take advantage of this ancient superfood is how do we add it to our diets. It’s actually very simple.
- Chopped garlic can be added to salads, and used in simple butter sauces that go over meat.
- Crushed garlic cloves are great to add to the vegetable trinity (carrots, onions, celery) when making bone broth, and stuffing poultry for roasting.
- Add garlic to dips like guacamole
There is no wrong way to consume garlic. Just be sure to chop it about ten minutes before adding it to a stir-fry or in a butter sauce.
Of course, with all members of the onion family, the question is how to deal with the skin and peeling. Here’s a tutorial. (Yes, using a chef’s knife to break the casket shell really works, although in this house we pound harder than this chef does.)