Does the thought of eating raw garlic make you go ewwww ? Think again! Garlic is one of the most ancient medicinal foods in the world and the number one natural remedy to fight flu. You just need to find some creative ways to eat raw garlic. Why raw ?? Garlic is rich in compounds called allicins that build up the immune system and help fight flu. Unfortunately, cooking garlic destroys the garlic’s ability to make allicin and makes cooked garlic generally not as beneficial as raw garlic. If you absolutely cannot eat raw garlic even with the ideas I’ve given you, go for roasted garlic or any form of garlic that is cooked as little as possible. But go ahead and look at my suggestions on ways to eat raw garlic. You may just get to become a fan of raw garlic !!The amazement of people when they experience the positive effects of eating raw garlic when suffering from infections, has led many to reconsider their concerns over garlic breath. It all pales into insignificance when measured against the health benefits.
General benefits of raw garlic:
The magic ingredient in garlic called allicin has superior healing powers ! It’s a strong antiseptic, antibiotic that lowers cholesterol and reduces plaque by helping prevent platelets in the blood from sticking together.Raw garlic exerts antimicrobial activity against viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi.Unlike antibiotics that actually weaken your immune system, garlic actually boosts your immune system. It has also been seen to be beneficial in treating cancers.
When to take raw garlic.
You can make eating garlic a part of your normal routine or take it in an extra strong dose when you feel a cold coming on. It provides some additional insurance along with a flu shot ! Some people have found that eating 2 cloves of garlic 3 times/ day on the onset of a cold seems to just take the cold away.
Ways to eat raw garlic!
Remember the potency of allicin the magic ingredient in garlic is intensified when garlic gets crushed, chopped or mashed.
Dips : One of my favorite ways to use raw garlic is in a dip. Just whip it up with some chickpeas or white beans to get a creamy hummus. here’s a great garlicky hummus recipe. You can also use garlic in salsa and sauces. A little chopped garlic mixed with avocado adds flavor and tastes great.
Garlic Butter : Make your own garlic butter and spread over bread. Here’s a great recipe for garlic butter ! It’s better than garlic bread ! You can use garlic butter on baked potato!
Salads : Ah yes, just chop fresh garlic and use in a salad dressing or just mixed with salad. Here a great salad recipe using fresh garlic and here’s another one. Both use crushed raw garlic in their salad dressing.
Soups : The way to use fresh garlic here is to smash or chop garlic and toss it in after the soup is done. Heat will reduce the efficacy of the magic compound ” allicin” a little, but since you’re not really cooking the garlic it will still be effective. Here’s a great recipe for a super garlicky soup. Just add the garlic in the end 😉 !! The same rule applies to stir fry and other dishes that you want to add garlic to. Add it at the end of cooking to get maximum benefits. After some time it will become a habit.
Juice it : Oh yes !! Juicing it with other fruits and veggies is a great way to consume raw garlic. You won’t even taste it. Here’s a great fresh juice recipe using raw garlic, some tips on how to juice it and some tips on the flu vaccine.
Raw garlic shot : For those brave souls who can chop garlic and chug it down, just remember to take it with some fat like olive oil or coconut oil. The oil will protect your stomach and improve absorption of the compound. Taking raw garlic on am empty stomach will upset the stomach. Although swallowing whole garlic is easier, to get the maximum healing benefit, crush garlic before chugging it down. I’ve tried it with orange juice and it tastes pretty good. You can also try crushed garlic in honey : like they say…. a spoonful of honey makes the garlic go down. Follow up raw garlic with a little fat.
Roasted garlic : For those dubious folks who cannot think of eating raw garlic, try a roasted version. Great recipe here ! You’ll still be able to tap into the flu fighting power of allicin in garlic. Roasted garlic is great in a lot of recipes. Here’s a great mashed potato recipe using roasted garlic & another cauliflower mashed potato recipe using roasted garlic !! You can also soak garlic in oil and make garlic confit ! Here’s a neat recipe to make garlic confit and a chicken salad that tastes yum with it.
Damage control !
Side effects of eating raw garlic are a garlicky odor and breath which personally I don’t find offensive but there are those people who do. This is due to sulphur in raw garlic. So, arm yourself with fresh parsley, peppermint, spearmint, cardamom seeds and fennel seeds, all of which purify the system and freshen breath. All these herbs can be used in cooking with the garlic too. You can also use mints, chewing gums and mouth washes to mask garlic breath. Drinking a lot of water will help the garlic compounds evaporate through your skin faster and let the odor linger less. Another tip is to eat your garlic dose at night while you sleep. The allicin will work it’s magic and heal your cold and the odor will evaporate with your morning shower. There are always deodorant sticks and perfumes that are very handy for the daytime garlic shot. I personally think the benefits far outweigh any concerns about garlic breath or odor.
Cooking garlic may affect the amount of the active ingredient called allicin that you consume, but cooked garlic still offers many health benefits , so if you can’t eat it raw or roasted, eat it cooked.
Looking for some great recipes that use raw or roasted garlic ? Look no further: here are some neat ones from blogging buddies of mine !! All of them are loaded with garlic, raw, roasted or lightly cooked. Check them out ! So, go ahead! Kill off those cold and flu bugs and get the maximum garlic health benefits by eating it raw. If you have any ideas on using raw garlic, do share!