Garlic acts as a natural “antibiotic” and helps support the immune system. The main component of garlic with antibacterial properties is the allicin, which is formed when the garlic clove is crushed. However, garlic has also been shown to have antiviral and anti-parasitic properties.
When feeling under the weather, the best way to take garlic is to freshly mince a raw clove and use a spoon to swallow it with water. (For those of you who are really brave, you can chew it raw too.) Garlic supplements are available as well, but using real food gives your body access to the most active ingredients.
It is also good to get into the habit of using garlic in the kitchen as you cook. You can use it raw, in things like salad dressings and dips, and cooked in marinates, stir fries, and soups.
If you are new to using garlic in your cooking, here are a few links to get you started:
This article was written by Sharon Harmon, founder of Life Design for Health. She has a passion for helping people find their way back to optimum health. Please contact her if you would like to know more. There is a great deal of health-related information in her blog articles and on her website.