Garlic (allium sativum) is a round bulb shaped vegetable with a papery white skin and multiple inner cloves.
Health Benefits of Garlic
- Increased Immune Function
- Reduced Risk of Colon Cancer
- Protection Against Heart Disease
- Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
- Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Promoted Eye Health
- Osteoporosis Protection
- Stroke Prevention
- Reduced Risk of Type II Diabetes
- Reduced Frequency of Migraine Headaches
- Alleviation of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- Antioxidant Protection
- Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
- Alleviation of the Common Cold
- Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness) Crushed raw garlic contains an antibiotic called allicin, thus, it is good to eat garlic when you have a cold or flu. As a blood thinner, garlic is thought to promote cardiovascular health and reduce the chance of heart attack. Garlic is also a cholesterol lowering food.
*Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly concentrated in Garlic, and may not necessarily be related to Garlic.
How to choose Garlic
Look for bunches which are hard to the touch, and avoid any that have sprouts.
Climate and origin
It is not yet known where garlic originated, it is likely in Southeast Asia, however, different species sprouted all over the world.
Garlic is one of the most fundamental and important culinary vegetables. Raw it has a sharp picante taste which is extremely pungent. Sauteed it has an earthy pungent taste. Roasted in the skin it has a sweet pungent taste.
Known in mythology to ward off vampires and werewolves, garlic is now prescribed to fight more realistic pests like mosquitoes.
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Natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in Garlic + Complete Nutrition FactsCarbohydrates | Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) | Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) | Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) | Vitamin B6 | Vitamin C | Calcium | Dietary Fiber | Magnesium | Phosphorus | Manganese | Selenium | Iron | Potassium | Copper | Zinc | Click here to compare these nutrition facts with other vegetables.No Nutrition Facts Available
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