Is Garlic a superfood and good for you?

What is origin and history of garlic

No one really knows the true origin; it is rumored to be
West China, around Tien Shan Mountains to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, or even Siberia in Russia.

It has even been rumored to be from space wait before you say it was aliens etc.

Apparently some scientists say garlic could  have come from space in the form of hitching a ride on a meteorite and then grown in the earth's soil but guess we'll never really know.





History

Garlic has been used many civilizations throughout history by:
  • The Vikings
  • The Romans
  • The Egyptians
  • The Ancient Greeks
  • The Crusaders
  • The Mongols



Holy Bible

Garlic even has a mention in the holy bible
(number 11-5)
we remember the free fish we ate in egypt along with
the cucumber, onions,melon,leeks, and garlic.




Turkish Legend

There is an old legend that when Satan stepped out of the garden of Eden after the fall of man
Garlic sprang up from the spot where he placed his left foot and onion where his right foot touched.

Romans
Roman soldiers on long marches ate garlic daily to keep them healthy.

Soldiers would often eat garlic before a major battle as they believed it provided them courage
they also believed if you were to chew garlic no one could beat you in a foot race.

Egyptians

The builders of the pyramids in Egypt were given a daily ration of 3 cloves of garlic and bread to ward off illness and to increase stamina and strength.

The great King himself Tutankhamun
had garlic inside his tomb for his journey into the afterlife.

There is Egyptian writing dating back 1500 BC that says garlic was used for up to 22 aliments
from heart disease to tumours.

When I was on holiday in Egypt I went to the local market bought some garlic cloves
and I would try to have one a day before we did our days excursions etc.

I remember the stall owner said to me your tourist? you take garlic back home to England
I said no I can't take food back on the plane to England.

He looked at me puzzled. I said it is my medicine. He smiled and said
very wise my friend he clearly knew the benefits of eating garlic.




Ancient Greece
Garlic was given to athletes in ancient Greeks before the start of the games
athletes and soldiers would often eat garlic before entering the arena as they thought it gave them strength.

Greek midwives would hang garlic bulbs in rooms to prevent evil spirits entering the rooms where newborns were.

Greek physicians such as Hippocrates prescribed garlic for a variety of conditions.



Africa
Due to lack of medicine in the world in the 1950s a missionary called Dr Albert Schweitzer in Africa used garlic to treat cholera typhus and amoebic dysentery with success.





Penicillin of the poor

During world war 2
Garlic was used to treat the wounds of injured soldiers due to the lack of penicillin.
It was used to treat gangrene and prevent infection.

Garlic got the nickname penicillin and Russian penicillin 
as they could not get a hold of the medicine penicillin so they had to combat illnesses and infection with the next best thing, garlic.



Why does it smell


Allicin

When the inside of garlic bulbs are exposed to air
a compound called allinn turns into allicin 
which then changes into sulfur compounds that give off that famous smell that some of us love and others hate.
Allyl methyl sulfide is released from garlic and onions when cut for food etc.

Garlic makes a powerful natural insect repellent many insects and bugs hate the smell
for example some people say it wards off mosquitoes and prevents ticks biting you.

Can it grow anywhere?

Garlic can grow pretty much anywhere from the cold climate of Russia Siberia to the warm sands of Egypt. It is a true survivor of this earth which has been on this earth with humans since the beginning.

Garlic has even been grown in martian soil from Mars with success
so one day we may be able to get martian garlic.




Does it really ward off diseases and illnesses

Garlic  has been known to:

  • Prevent Hair loss
  • Aid weight loss
  • Reduce UTI and kidney infections
  • Regulate blood sugar levels
  • Can reduce blood pressure
  • Gets rid of worms in the body
  • Prevents acne
  • Help with asthma
  • Protect against cell damage and ageing
  • Help fight and protect against some cancers
  • Helps boost immune system
  • Reduces heart disease risk
  • Thins the blood
  • Natural antibiotic
  • Lower blood cholesterol
  • Kills some strains of e-coli
  • Helps heal wounds 
  • May help prevent dementia

Super food

A super food is basically just a food that offers maximum benefits to your health
Nutritionally good and thus good for one's health.


Cancer

The national cancer institute has recognized Garlic as one of the vegetables with potential anti cancer properties that may help prevent and fight the disease.


Colds & Flu
Studies have shown garlic can help fight colds and flu
it also reduces your chance of catching colds and flu and also helps you recover faster if you were infected many people around the world use it for this reason including myself.




Alzheimer's disease 
Garlic may help reduce the risk of Alzheimer's studies have shown positive results.
Researchers found that aged garlic extract protects the neurons in the brain that are central to memory function and maybe even help reverse some effects of memory loss.





Heavy metal damage
At high doses the sulphur compounds have been shown to protect against organ damage from heavy toxicity such as cadmium.

Studies have been done on rats who had heavy metal poisoning in their body.
The studies showed when garlic was administered accumulation of heavy metals in the liver, kidneys, bone and testes of the rats were decreased.


What vitamins & minerals are in garlic?
  • Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6,
  • Folate, 
  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Copper
  • Manganese
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium,
  • Sodium 
  • Zinc

Garlic contains many antioxidants that support the body's protective 
mechanism against oxidative damage.

One compound of garlic allicin attacks more than 23 different types of bacteria including Staphylococcus (staph) and salmonella.

Allicin is known to destroy viruses that cause herpes and upper respiratory infections.





Who grows the most

China Is the biggest grower of garlic in the world with around 26,573,001 metric tons grown in 2016.
Averaging at nearly 80% of world production.

China has been growing garlic since 2000 BCE.
It is also used in many Chinese traditional medicines. Most of the garlic grown in china comes from an area just southeast of Beijing.



Whats is black garlic?

Black garlic is mainly used in the east it has started to spill over to the west recently
as people like to try new foods.

It is mainly used in Asian cuisine and is produced by heating whole bulbs over the course of around several weeks until the cloves turn black.

Black garlic is just normal garlic that has been fermented and turned the cloves into a jelly type sweet flavor bulb of cloves.

Some people say it tastes like licorice. 
I don't think there was much difference in taste; it reminded me of smoked garlic.

Varieties 

There are basically two different types of garlic,
Softneck Garlic and Hardneck Garlic.

Garlic is one of 700 species in the Allium or onion family.
The taste all depends where it is grown, the conditions etc.

For example I loved the garlic in Egypt but when I was in France I was not too keen on the taste. 

Some taste stronger or sweeter than others it all matters what suits your taste best. Try the different types to find one you prefer and many good vegetable suppliers will offer advice.

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Whats the vampire myth?


In Europe in the dark ages it was thought vampires and becoming a vampire  
was caused by disease that you would catch from a bite. 

So garlic was often eaten and left on doors and even worn around necks to repel vampires and prevent the disease this is where the Hollywood film myth comes from of the bite to the neck and garlic keeping away vampires. 


We all remember the scene in the Hollywood film the Lost Boys with the garlic bath water and the vampire well now your know where the myth comes from.

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The Plague and garlic

Fleas from rats caused the plague. They would bite a human in search of a new host and then infect and pass the disease to humans.

Garlic merchants had the lowest number of deaths finally more people started to eat more garlic
as they realized the fleas hate the smell of garlic so won't bite you if you stink of garlic even rats hate the smell as it's that strong it blocks their sense of smell so they try to avoid it.

The great prophet Nostradamus even came up 
with the idea of wearing a coat soaked in garlic juice to ward off plague.




Pets and fleas
People have used garlic to get rid of fleas on their dogs and cats
but don't give your pets garlic as it can be highly toxic to animals and be fatal.

How much do I need to eat?

Most studies recommend 2,3 cloves a day to get the best benefits but it all depends on who you ask some experts say one clove a day others say three cloves a day. 

I myself try to have 3 cloves most days in stir frys. I try to avoid eating too much raw garlic but it all depends again on your taste.

Raw or crushed is the best way to eat it to get the best nutrients as cooking makes it less powerful
but cooking in say a stir fry would be your best choice for many cooked fast and for a short time keeping in all the goodness.

If you do eat raw garlic try eating the cloves with some bread rather than chewing and swallowing as on an empty stomach many people can have digestive problems eating raw garlic or burn their mouth if too much garlic is eaten raw.

Start off with half a clove in a stir fry etc if you don't really eat garlic and see how you adapt and get on with it and if you have any heartburn indigestion or other side effects stop eating always speak to your doctor before trying new foods for their expert advice.




Garlic tablets

If you really hate the taste and smell of garlic that much you can buy tablets.

From most vitamin shops and amazon even some supermarkets sell them so this is a good way to get the benefits without having to eat garlic.

Are the tablets as good as eating raw garlic? Some are good because they have added extra vitamins in them so they can be good if you have a busy life or don't have the time to eat garlic and some are high in garlic so they are a good choice for many people.

They are good if you can not stomach garlic as well which many can not due to the strong taste and smell.
I would definitely go for the tablets if you wanted the benefits without eating fresh garlic .

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Interviews and the vampire odour

Garlic can stay in your body for 2 days so if you have an up and coming job interview or a date etc.

Just bear this in mind I had been to a job interview in the past and the interviewer said to me are you avoiding vampires? I looked at her puzzled and said vampires?

She said you have had garlic recently so I was so embarrassed.

I said a little yes, sorry about that and she said no need to apologize. It's ok I have 3 cloves a day as well and love garlic. So as you can guess I was giving off the garlic odour .

From my stir fry the night before it must  have been that strong lol. 
(I got the job by the way if your wondering)





Conclusion

Garlic is good for us. It is proven to be good for our health and has been used for thousands of years.

I Hated garlic when I was young the smell and taste was horrible but when I was sick constantly you will see from my other post (Doing the toilet cleaning job)

I researched natural medicine, how our ancestors survived and one vegetable was always mentioned Garlic I have eaten it since.

I got into herbs and other good foods when I was constantly ill.

Do I think all herbs and spices work? No of course not I have used many herbs and spices over the years many of them did nothing.

I am the first to admit that but I continue to use the herbs that I know work and that do help me which is the reason I will talk about them on this blog. I will never recommend anything that I think is useless.

Whoever put garlic on this earth god or whoever created us did it for a reason and it benefits us so we would be fools not to take advantage of it.



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