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Do You Love Garlic? She Loves You!
by Susun S. Weed
Garlic (Allium sativum), also know as the stinking rose,
when consumed regularly has amazing health benefits.Garlic will help
you improve cardiovascular health, prevent cancer, counter infections
and find a safe source of phytoestrogens (great for menopausal women).
Garlic is a great friend to old hearts. Several cloves a day of fresh,
raw garlic can lower blood pressure, reduce phospholipids and cholesterol,
strengthen heart action, increase immune response, reduce platelet clumping
and clotting (thus reducing strokes), and stabelize blood sugar levels.
If you don't like raw garlic, then use powdered. A four-year study
found women who ingested 900 mg (1/4 teaspoonful) of garlic powder daily
had 18 percent less arterial plaque than those taking a placebo.
Garlic and its smelly relatives (onions, chives, and leeks) are hormone-rich
plants that most women crave. Garlic is an excellent source of phytoestrogens;
these hormone-like substances not only reduce cancer incidence, they
help ease the menopausal passage.
An easy garlic tonic is made this way: Fill a glass jar with fresh
garlic cloves, no need to peel them. Pour honey over all, until the
jar is nearly full. Place on a plate and let sit for at least 24 hours
before using. A spoonful is a dose. This tonic will keep at room temperature
for a year.
Eat 1/2 clove of garlic a day and watch your blood pressure drop!
You can get the benefits of garlic by eating it in any food, fresh
or powdered. Try this simple recipe for instant garlic bread : Mince
garlic and spread on hot buttered toast. Here are some more of Susun
Weed's favorite raw garlic dishes:
eggs topped with minced raw garlic
sauce with chopped raw garlic added jsut before eating
cheese with minced raw garlic on whole wheat crackers
raw garlic on a baked potato
and minced raw garlic on cooked greens like dandelion, spinach, kale,
collards, mustard, amaranth, or lamb's quarters.
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