Garlic, A Real Superfood

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My first soiree into the garlic world came from a late night TV host with an affinity for garlic only matched by his equal — less animal-friendly — love of pork fat. The pork fat part didn’t stick, but I’ve kept Emeril Lagasse’s tendencies to add “about 30 cloves of garlic” to everything. I just love it. In fact, I’ve met very few people who don’t.

Garlic is a sense sensation. The smell of it sizzling fills a room with an attention-grabbling aroma and, holy roasted clove, does it pay off when it gets to those taste buds. Garlic is a strong flavor, one that lets you know you’ve eaten it, and one that most of the world’s cuisines include. There’s good reason for it.

Not only is garlic delicious, but it also has all sorts of benefits that come along with it. And, I can promise you it’s not all about vampires, either. Garlic has medicinal properties out the wazoo, which is why it is one flavor not to skip out on.

Health Benefits of Garlic

Let’s just take a glance at some highlights from the life-boosting benevolence of our friend, garlic.

  • It’s a high content food, full of Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, manganese and selenium…with noteable amounts of calcium, fiber, copper potassium, iron, and so on…yet isn’t a calorie hog.
  • It helps to both prevent and cure colds, flus, and other annoying everyday illnesses.
  • High doses of garlic means a reduction in high blood pressure, and debatably, it does so just as well as prescribed medication. And, while we are in the cardiovascular system, we should mention better cholesterol levels,  lessening the risk of other heart problems.
  • It’s also brain-friendly, with antioxidants believed to prevent cell damage and ageing, in turn preventing serious illnesses like Alzheimer’s and dementia.
  • It naturally and painlessly detoxes the body. The sulfur in garlic protects internal organs from heavy metal toxicity.

And, that’s just a garlic sampler. It also helps with iron absorption, inflammation, infection, obesity and viruses. Don’t doubt the powers for a second.

How to Eat It Right

Chances are, if you are a good cook, garlic already features often in your dishes. Nonetheless, here are some tips to help with getting the most out of it.

  • Let it sit after it’s chopped or crushed. Cooking or combining it with acid will take away some of the powerful enzymes at work in there. Letting it rest a bit helps preserve them. Or, there’s always slicing it small and adding it raw to prepared dishes. I love it that way.
  • Don’t be afraid to spread it around. Garlic isn’t just for spaghetti sauce. It works fantastically across a whole spectrum of soups, sauces, spreads and breads. Try this garlic zinger spread.
  • Kick up dishes another notch (another Lagasse-ism) by adding garlic to unsuspecting things. Why eat plain, old cashew cheese when it could be garlic herb avocado cashew cream cheese? Why straight-up mashed potatoes when it could be roasted garlic mashed potatoes?
  • Check out our many recipes that include garlic.

And, then, there is just eating garlic itself. There’s no need to hide it behind something else. It’s great on its own: roasted, boiled in a little Cajun seasoning, or pureed with olive oil.

Eating garlic often and bountifully just makes for a healthier body. And, why risk it with the whole vampire thing if you don’t have to? You’ve got the info, you’ve got the recipes, and now you need to get the garlic.

By: Jonathon Engels
Source: www.onegreenplanet.org

2014-10-06T14:13:17+00:00

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    Please read the following article entitled Sarcoidosis, below are some recommendations, there is help for you Beloved!

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    Sounds like an acute or heightened form of tinnitus.

    Try getting your ears coned a couple of times. Ear candling is very helpful in ear disorders.

    Also, give our eardrops a try. Pretty potent formula.

    And what you really need to do is detoxify your body.

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    Q: Hi Dherbs.com, My question is regarding fibroids. I have been told I have had fibroids about the size of someone 3 months pregnant. I have been told there are two in clusters. They gave me the diameters, but I don't have that information at this time. My OB/GYN has told me he believes it is causing me to be slightly anemic. I have been trying some remedies on my own like more exercise and a change in diet. My primary physician does not recommend surgery she has me taking iron ferrous sulfate supplements twice per day to help with my iron count. It seems to be helping. The only problem I have with taking the iron supplements is that it sometimes causes constipation and I am normally pretty regular. I usually eliminate 2 times per day sometimes 3. My OB/GYN on the other hand keeps pushing for me to having surgery. They had me take BC pills, however I took myself off of them because they made me sick. I took them only for 6 months. I'm 45 and have never taken BC pills ever and I don't want to start now. I've never been pregnant. I flow heavy on my 2nd and 3rd day heavy and after that it is manageable. My cycle has improved however I want to reduce the flow on those days if possible and of course dissolve the fibroid if at all possible. Doctors tell me they won't go away unless removed. I used to be on my cycle for 7 days and 4 of those days were heavy. Now I'm normally on for 4 days and only the 2nd and 3rd day are heavy. I know that as I reach menopause they may shrink in size, however I'm still always off from that. I eat no red meat however I do eat fish and poultry. I eat a pretty good balance of vegetables and fruits, mostly raw and steamed. I drink lactaid milk. I don't eat much dairy except cheese and eggs occasionally. I do have a weakness, I love potato chips. I know this is not good. I can feel the fibroid get bigger when I eat them. When I stop for a period of time it decreases in size. At least I feel like it does. I'm not a sugar craver, however during the week before my cycle I'll crave sweets. I usually resist. I feel it's my diet that has caused the fibroids as well as every female in my family has had a hysterectomy due to fibroids. I think it is also hereditary as well. Whatever the case I'd like to know what regimen can you put me on that will help me? The goal is to reduce or dissolve the size of the fibroid so it is not affecting my iron level. I'm also starting to see my abdomen get bigger when I've always had a flat stomach. Perhaps this is me just getting older, however I think it's the fibroids. Constant low levels over time can't be good. I hope I have provided you enough information to give me your recommendation. If not please feel free to e-mail me for any additional information you need. I'm looking for a natural cure. Outside of this condition I'm in very good health. No problem with weight, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. I'm pretty athletic and active as well. Please advise. I look forward to your recommendation. Also, how much per month will these products cost and how many months do the kits last? How do you recommend I buy them? By kit or individual? Thank you for your time!

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    I recommend you perform the FULL BODY DETOX kit followed by the FIBRIOD BUSTER CLEANSE AND REGIME. Perform them back to back. Take a break for about a month and perform both of them again. Six weeks on and six weeks off. While your off of these 2 kits, take individual formulas of IRON PHOSPHATE FORMULA, FIBRIOD BUSTER, and MOON CYCLE FORMULA. In re iron, you are taking POISON! The kind of iron you are taking is poisonous and mixes with sulfur in your body which creates constipation. I suggest Dherbs IRON PHOSPHATE FORMULA which is 100% all-natural with absolutely no adverse side effects! Also, you have to improve your diet. Nothing greatly causes fibroids than DAIRY PRODUCTS! The meat, potato chips, dairy, etc. is filling up your trashbags (tumors). Go VEGAN and RAW FOODS! Start reading some of our free health articles, i.e. â€FIBROID TUMORSâ€, â€WHAT IS RAW FOODSâ€, etc. Dherbs products can greatly help you and you'll see and/or feel the difference (as long as you don't cheat on your diet). There is much help for you!

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    Perform our Full Body Detox first and foremost. After you finish the 20 day regimen, take 3 capsules daily of the following formulas: Cardiovascular Formula and Circulation Aid.

    For low iron, we recommend our Iron Formula, Electric Greens, and Vitamin C formula.

    Read some of our articles too on our site under ARTICLES, i.e. Herbs vs. Pharmaceutical drugs.

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    There is no need to take any additional supplements during the Full Body Cleanse...You shall also receive plenty of nutrients and vitamins from whole food sources during the cleanse.

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    The best thing we could recommend for you right now would be the ENZYMES FORMULAwhich help all recoveries. Use this until you can detox your body. Glad to hear you enjoy our articles. We have more coming (Nov. 1).

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    Q: Thank you very much and you are right I do need to perform the FULL BODY DETOX and I am going to will the detox will it help my blood pressure go down and what do I do about the Meds I am on now I wrote you a while back my best friend was suffering from liver cancer he passed away 4/1/2008 and it really is a wakeup call for me I want to get my life in order I read everything I can on natural Meds I live in the IL. area do you know of any Doctors in my area I really love your web site it has a lot of good info on it I have passed it on to friend & family please keep up the great work you guys do and GOD bless you

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    Unfortunately, I know of no doctors outside of California, my home state. Try contacting Karyn Calabrese. Do a Google search on her name and you should be able to get her contact info. She owns 2 restaurants in the Chicago area. She's an alternative health practitioner. I've been to her spot in Chicago.