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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Got a Breath Mint....

I have always known that garlic is good for your health, but never knew how to boost its healing power.  To get the most health benefits from garlic, let it sit for a few minutes before cooking. Letting garlic sit awhile helps to release an enzyme that provides powerful nutrients for the body. Raw garlic can be used to kill bacteria, but cooked garlic has a higher potency which is more suitable for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Ideally, you should crush the garlic at room temperature and allow it to sit for about 15 minutes.  The active component in garlic is a sulfur compound called allicin.   Allicin is the chemical produced when garlic is bruised, chopped or chewed. Allicin is quite strong as an antibiotic.  It is also a powerful agent that helps to prevent germs from reproducing in our bodies. It's said that 1 milligram of allicin has the potency of 15 standard units of penicillin.  So, from now I will chop and wait 15.


30 comments:

  1. Very informative ! Thanks for sharing ! Have a good day !

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  2. I did not know that. That is so cool. I love garlic. :)

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  3. Hello, hello. Here's a painful admission. I don't care for garlic.

    And my hubs RUNS away when anything has garlic in it. I know, I know, we are among the minority.

    But I think its nickname "stinkweed" is quite appropriate.

    So sorry.

    But your information and the photo were good. Susan

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  4. Just goes to show.. ya learn something new, every day!
    Thanks for the tip.

    I saw something today on canning your own garlic... I'm thinking of giving it a try :)

    K.

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  5. Love garlic, and can never have enough! Didn't know that other stuff though!

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  6. Now that is fascinating. I must make an effort to use more garlic - and remember to let it stand. Thank you!

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  7. Oh and don't forget it keeps vampires away too!

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  8. I didn't know this. Thanks for sharing

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  9. Very good to know! Since I use it all the time, might as well make it a healthy as possible:@)

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  10. So if you crush it and cook it and the recipe takes 15 minutes or more that counts? I love garlic but you are right about the breath mint.
    CATHY

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  11. Interesting info, I had no idea! I knew garlic was good for you too, but had no idea about letting it sit for a while! Will do that from now on!

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  12. Good info. I didn't know you needed to let it sit.

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  13. WOW, thank you for the very useful info :D

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  14. I love garlic and try to add it to everything possible!

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  15. Thanks for the tip about letting the garlic sit...never heard that before.

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  16. I'm afraid I would need more than a breath mint! Thanks for sharing this information, Julie.

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  17. Most interesting. My garlic harvest this year was wonderful. The knowledge you share even better.

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  18. Wahoo! Love garlic and I knew it is good for you, but I didn'tknow just HOW good it can be with just a little planning and time! Great post, S!

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  19. I lobe garlic and look delicious!

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  20. Interesting information! I love garlic and use quite a bit of it in my cooking. From now on I'll mince it first and let it sit awhile.

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  21. I've heard that its really good for you - I gather the ancient Egyptians gave raw garlic to their slaves to keep them going!! - well I suppose if it worked for them it'll work for us!
    Mary x

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  22. Luce muy delicioso me encanta el ajo,muy buena información,abrazos hugs,hugs.

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  23. Wow- a new garlic fact...I'll certainly give this a go...
    Many thanks!

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  24. Well I knew garlic was good for you but its fascinating to know how and the best way of maximising its benefits. Thankyou for sharing this.
    Have a great weekend!
    Gill xx

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  25. Really? That is fascinating and good to know.

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  26. Thanks for the tip...we grew a LOT of garlic!

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  27. I was thinking a lot regarding this topic, so thanks for bringing it up here. You certainly have a good writing style i like, so will be subscribing to your blog.

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