Garlic

Garlic – Garlic everywhere

Is there anyone who doesn’t like garlic? When I eat garlic, everyone in my family needs to eat garlic as well; otherwise only one smells.

On a serious note, garlic has therapeutic values.

  • The risk of cardiovascular diseases can be lowered,

In a study done by Sial and Ahmed systolic and diastolic blood pressure was slightly lowered with the use of garlic extract. Chandekar and Jain successfully used garlic extract on animals with high blood pressure. With the oral ingestion of garlic extract their blood pressure got back to normal.

  • Studies have shown that garlic may have cancer–preventive effects.  Allylsulfide derivatives, bioactive compounds in garlic, have anticancer properties.
  • High blood glucose levels can possibly be lowered. Although, studies with garlic have only be done on animals, we could assume that it has the same effect on humans. We need to consider a lot of factors when we talk about type II diabetes in humans. Diet is very important of course, but the stress level of someone with diabetes needs to be considered as well. Maybe the stress someone experiences makes them compensate with sweet junk food!? I don’t want to get into a lot of possible factors that derail someone’s blood sugar levels. But live and the psyche is more complicated in humans than in rats, isn’t it?

So, how does garlic accomplish those health effects? We don’t really know. Although I like to read studies; in regard to garlic, I don’t really care. I like the taste and I like the health benefits.

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As you can see I had an impressive garlic harvest this year. The best thing about growing garlic is that it doesn’t take a lot of work. You plant the garlic gloves in loose, well mulched soil in October. You water it on a regular basis, fertilize and harvest in June or end of May.

 Garlic recipes

Garlic butter

Butter, soft

2 Garlic, crushed

Pinch Salt

Parley, if you like it

Mix everything with a fork, store in a glass jar in the refrigerator. Or spread it on parchment paper, roll up , seal ends by twisting them, refrigerate, cut in slices if you like.

Spread on a slice of bread, or chicken thigh before you place them in the oven or spread the garlic butter on cooked potatoes or mashed potatoes.  Top your steak with it and watch it melt – it will smell so delicious.

Roasted Garlic Cloves

Garlic bulbs

cut in half

push outer layer with thumb off the bulb

add olive oil over the top of the cloves

add kosher salt

add some black pepper

Place the bulbs in a baking dish with a lid

400 F about 20 – 25 min.

When the garlic is golden brown, take it out of the oven,

Squish the individual cloves out of their shell,

use in soups, sauces, salad dressing, or top baked salmon with it.

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Enjoy

Reference:

Garlic: a review of potential therapeutic effects
Rivlrn RS. Patient with hyperlipidemia who received garlic
supplements Lipid management. Report from the Lipid Education
Council. 1998;3:6–7.
Study of the hypotensive action of garlic extract in experimental animals.
Chanderkar AG, Jain PK. Analysis of hypotensive action of
Allium sativum (garlic) Ind J Physiol Pharmacol. 1973;17:132–133.
Current status of ayurveda in phytomedicine by Dahanukar SA, Thatte UM