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.
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.