Eat this much garlic to help prevent heart disease and high blood pressure.
Garlic is one of the most potent medicinal foods.
It is more a medicine than it is a food, you only need a tiny amount of it to flavor your cooking. But how much should you be eating for it to protect your body?
The active ingredient in garlic in allicin. It works just like blood pressure tablets that you might have had prescribed by your doctor. But it is 100% natural.
It helps to stimulate the blood circulatory system. Poor blood circulation is one of the main culprits in further blood pressure and heart problems.
It helps to increase the flexibility of blood vessels, which is of great benefit to people suffering from high blood pressure. High blood pressure happens when the blood vessels are constricted. This happens due to factors such as obesity, poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle.
High blood pressure is one of the most dangerous conditions to have because you can suffer from it for long periods of time without symptoms. Regular blood pressure checks should be carried out by a doctor. But in many cases, people who avoid their GP check ups can be suffering from high blood pressure without realizing.
The best way to incorporate garlic into your diet to combat high blood pressure is to eat it raw. Cooking garlic reduces the amount of allicin and although it is more palatable, it looses its medicinal qualities.
You can get an idea of how potent raw garlic is by the way it has a slight slinging sensation. This burning sensation gives an idea of how invigorating an ingredient it is, and how it is more a medicine than a condiment.
To active the allicin in garlic however, it does need to be crushed. Raw garlic should be crushed and left for 15 minutes, this is long enough for the allicin to react.
It is suggested that up to as many as 10 cloves of garlic a day can be eaten. Although this might seems like a lot, it is just a guideline and as much as you can manage is best.
Raw garlic can be used to season savory dishes like salads and added into soups, and sprinkled on top of dishes. Just remember it has to be eaten raw.
Garlic can also be an unlikely ingredient you can add to your morning smoothie. It is best mixed with sweet honey and powerful turmeric.