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Are You Juicing With Garlic Yet?

In addition to being used for flavor, garlic can be used for its health benefits. This super food has natural anti-biotic, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties and helps to guard against infection.

It also helps to lower cholesterol and prevent cancer. Most people either consume garlic by adding it to their cooking or by taking a garlic supplement. There is other way however, which is to add it to your juice!

Garlic contains the active ingredient Allicin which helps to boost the immune system. This natural ingredient protects the body from bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. People who eat garlic or take garlic supplements may have fewer colds and episodes of the flu thanks to the powerful Allicin contained in it. The active ingredient from garlic is used even as a medical treatment for some staph infections. Allicin can even help to prevent infections from some parasites!

People who consume garlic regularly have a thirty percent lower risk of getting colorectal cancer. The risks of breast cancer, throat cancer, prostate cancer, and stomach cancer also may be reduced by consuming garlic regularly. Some studies show that garlic promotes heart health by reducing the effects of atherosclerosis and by lowering blood pressure.

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Adding garlic to food or juice is considered to be more beneficial than taking supplements. The body tends to absorb nutrients better from food or juice than from pills. Garlic can be juiced just like fruits and vegetables as an easy way to get garlic into the diet. Garlic, cayenne pepper, and citrus fruits can be used together in juicing recipes to help prevent and treat colds and flu.

The ingredients for one simple recipe for garlic vegetable juice are a clove of garlic, five carrots, one cucumber, a large bunch of kale, and one large piece of broccoli. After the vegetables are washed and peeled, they are added to the juicer. When making a juice with garlic cloves, many people like to juice the garlic first so that the remaining ingredients will clear the garlic odor from the juicer.

One carrot juice with garlic and ginger is considered to be an excellent detoxification juice. When making this juice, simply add one clove garlic, a piece of ginger approximately half an inch thick, and about four large carrots peeled and washed to the juicer. The amount of ginger and garlic can be adjusted to taste. Some sources recommend taking no more than three cloves of garlic daily due to its anticoagulant properties. It’s best to start with a small amount to begin with and then increase it if you can handle it. Try 1/2 clove to begin with and gradually increase to 1 or 2 cloves.

The disadvantage of garlic are the obvious strong odor and potential interactions with some medications. Garlic consumption can lead to a strong odor on the breath and it tends to hang around for a while after consumption. Some people with irritable bowel syndrome may find that garlic irritates their digestive system. While many people love the taste of cooked garlic, some will find it difficult to get used to the taste of juice from raw garlic cloves.

However, many people find that adding garlic to their favorite vegetable or carrot juice recipes give their juices a delightful kick. They also enjoy the many health benefits of juicing with garlic including the use of garlic as a natural antibiotic.

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  • Reply Alex C February 12, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    I love adding garlic and ginger to my juice 🙂

  • Reply ramon cabiling January 1, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Great read. Feeling inspired already. I’m getting over some flu/cold symptoms and use a combo of garlic, onion, ginger, tumeric powder, apple, grapefruit, collard greens, kale, beet greens & bulb, celery & broccoli in a blended juice base, along with Hawaiian Spirulina, aloe vera gel, Stamets 7 mushroom complex, Braggs apple cider vinegar, Bioastin Astaxanthin, and Paradise one-a-day multi to get over this cold. This regimen is a daily natural medicine.

  • Reply Max November 20, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Hi there,
    thanks for your article.
    For some reason, Im not getting any liquid coming out of my juicer when I put garlic gloves? I have the kind of juicer that spin really fast and shredds . It works really well on ginger and everything else, but for garlic, nothing comes out – even when I put 5 or 6 cloves. Do you have any tips?

    • Reply Denise November 22, 2015 at 6:17 am

      Sounds like you have a centrifugal juicer. Here are a couple of things you could try. Try using a apple core remover to remove the apple core and then stuff the garlic cloves inside the apple. If you have a wide enough chute on your juicer you should be able to juice the apple whole. The trick is to make sure they are wedged in there really good so they don’t drop out when you put the apple in the chute. Another way is to wrap the garlic gloves in green leaves (like kale, savoy cabbage etc). I hope this helps you!

  • Reply Lamar January 30, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Denise you should never advise anyone to juice a whole apple the seeds are very toxic. Not a good idea.

    • Reply Denise June 5, 2016 at 5:49 am

      If that were true Lamar, I suspect manufacturers of “Big Mouth” wide chute juicers would all be getting sued for advertising their models with a whole apple above the feed chute.

      The fact is that apple seeds do contain small amounts of a compound called Amygdalin. This compound releases Cyanide into the blood when digested. However, the amounts contained in apple seeds is so small that even if you were to juice a whole bunch of apples and all the seeds got crushed and ended up in your juice, there still wouldn’t be enough Amygdalin to produce sufficient Cyanide to kill you. So it’s probably wise to remove the seeds as a precaution, but it’s not something you need to worry too much over.

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