Believe it or not, but there is a potent combination that kills off any virus that enters the body. This beneficial soup is made of 50 cloves of garlic, onions, thyme and lemon and fights colds, flu, and even norovirus. One of the chemical constituents, allicin, is what makes garlic so effective in destroying viruses.
The amazing benefits of Allicin
Garlic can be 100 times more effective when its compared to two popular antibiotics for fighting diseases causing bacteria that is responsible for foodborne illness, says the Washington State University.
A compound which has been shown to lower cholesterol and blood pressure as well as to help prevent blood clots, it’s being produced in the process of crushing the garlic. When garlic is crushed, allin turns into allicin. Atherosclerosis, gardening of the arteries, can also be reduced by garlic. The many organisms that are found in our body, such as viruses and bacteria responsible for flu, colds, and earache can be destroyed by the compounds in the bulb. Also, scientist have shown that garlic can help with reducing diarrhea and other digestive issues. According to Helen Bond, a Derbyshire-based consultant dietitian and spokeswoman for the British Dietetic Association, ‘This chemical has been known for a long time for itsanti-bacterial and anti-fungal powers.’
‘Because of this, people assume it is going to boost their immune systems. Lots of people are simply mashing up garlic, mixing it with olive oil and spreading it on bread.’
‘But how or whether it may actually work has still not been proven categorically.’
According to a recent investigation by Cochrane Database, a respected global research organization, increasing garlic intake during winter can cut the duration of cold symptoms.
Despite everything, many pharmaceutical companies deny to run expensive trials, because there is nothing in garlic they can patent and sell.
Garlic as Medicine
As many other things, Ancient Egyptians have been using garlic as medicine for a long time, and have found out use for 22 aliments. On the other hand, Ancient Greeks used it for numerous issues, from curing lung and blood disorders to relieving insect bites and treating leprosy. In order to boost their endurance, roman soldiers have been taking garlic. Louis Pasteur, back in the 1858, learned that some bacteria were dying when exposed to garlic. Garlic has been used for many purposes through the history, for treating wounds and preventing the spread of infection and many more. Ultimately, the Russians call it penicillin.
Scientist say that garlic can help you stay hearty and hale in many different ways. For instance, researchers at the University of Florida found that garlic intake increases the number of T-cells in the bloodstream, which are critical for boosting immunity and fighting viruses.
If you are looking for a potent infection–killer, scientist have found it in garlic as the active ingredient allicin. Despite that it can also improve your blood flow and help treat high cholesterol and similar cardiovascular issues.
Garlic can be beneficial for your teeth too. Dentist in Brazil have found out that gargling garlic water can destroy germs responsible for tooth decay and gum disease.
According to University of Newcastle, garlic contains oils which cripple into the nervous system of slugs and snails and kill them.
Best way to prepare garlic
There are two best ways that you can prepare garlic in order to get the most of it. Scientist in Argentina, think that baking the cloves releases allicin, while in South Carolina think that peeling garlic and letting it sit for a few minutes produces the highest levels of allicin.
You can just peel half of the garlic cloves and roast the other. After waiting an hour and a quarter industrious soup-making, add lemon juice over a bowl of steaming.
Modified Garlic Soup Recipe
- 26 organic garlic cloves (unpeeled)
- 26 organic garlic cloves (peeled)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp (1/4 stick) organic butter (grass fed)
- 3 1/2 cups organic vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1 1/2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
- 2 1/4 cups sliced onions
- 1/2 cup fresh ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
- 4 lemon wedges
Preheat the oven to 350F and put 26 garlic cloves in a small baking dish. Sprinkle with sea salt, add the olive oil, and toss to coat. Cover the dish with foil and bake for about 45 minutes. Squeeze the garlic to release the cloves and put them into a smaller bowl.
Melt the butter over medium heat and add the thyme, onions, ginger, and cayenne powder. Cook for about 6 minutes and then add roasted garlic and 26 raw garlic cloves into the saucepan. Cook for 3 minutes before adding the vegetable broth. Then, cook for about 20 minutes or until the garlic is very tender. Blend the soup in blender and then put it back into the saucepan. Add the coconut milk and simmer for a few minutes. Finally, add sea salt and pepper.
Squeeze juice of 1 lemon wedge into each bowl and serve!