Remember watching the old Dracula movie? Garlic used to ward off vampires. Eat garlic, wear garlic, hang garlic over your doorway. Lots of garlic, garlic everywhere to ward off the vampires. In Panama, I’ve heard they rub garlic juice over exposed skin at night (if sleeping outside) to protect themselves from getting bite by the vampire bat.
Vampires and garlic may go in the realm or myths, yet garlic has been used throughout the years to ward off ills.
Benefits of Garlic
First, you have to admit. Garlic smells good. Tastes good. Maybe not on your breath, but doesn’t the smell of roasted garlic make you hungry? Where would Italian food be without garlic?
But did you know that garlic has also been for its health benefits? Now I’m not a medical doctor, nor a medical researcher, but history has long shown the benefits of garlic.
Garlic is a natural antibiotic. Unlike prescription antibiotics, the organisms don’t develop a resistance to garlic. It also builds up your immune system. Thus you can say garlic wards off both vampires and illness.
Garlic has also been said to reduce your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, balance your blood sugar. It also works as a natural antioxidant. Many other claim you can read in my list of sources.
Bottom line, eat more garlic, live healthier. Now raw garlic is better for you than cooked. If cooked, put the garlic in last. One of my favorite kitchen tools I got from Pampered Chef is a garlic press. I’d been doing it wrong, cooking the garlic with the onions from the start, now I’m learning to add the garlic last few minutes.
Have a garden? Plant some garlic bulbs this fall. Doesn’t it make sense to simply get garlic from your own yard?
One word of caution, simply chewing multiple fresh garlic cloves could irritate your mouth. Some are more sensitive than others. Thus my favorite way to use garlic is in my food.
Sausage Potato Soup
Feel free to modify the recipe I did.
1 lb ground sausage (or chorizo)
6 garlic cloves
1 c. onions
freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon Sage Hill Farms Cajun Seasoning (organic, salt free)
8 cups chicken broth
6 red potatoes washed and cut
bunch of kale or bok choy washed and cut into thin strips
I cook the sausage in a large soup pan. Then I saute the onions in the oil from the sausage, if no oil I add a little olive oil. Add chicken broth (I use Better than Bullion) and potatoes. Cook med high till potatoes are almost soft. (25-30 minutes or so). Add cut up kale or bok choy along with the garlic minced. Cook another 10-15 minutes.
We like to add a spoonful of sour cream to each bowl. Enjoy!