Garlic - one of Nature's superfoods

The odour of garlic may be off putting for some but the benefits have been known for thousands of years. It was given to slaves building the Egyptian pyramids as a tool for increasing strength and endurance, a use that was also valued by Greek and Roman civilizations, who served garlic to athletes and soldiers before sporting events or war, respectively.

  • Many of garlic’s therapeutic effect comes from its sulphur-containing compounds, such as allicin, which are also what give it its characteristic smell
  • Garlic has immune-boosting properties and is beneficial for heart health, fighting cancer, warding off colds and flus, and reducing inflammation
  • As allicin in garlic digests in your body, it produces sulphenic acid, a compound that reacts with dangerous free radicals more effectively than any other known compound
  • Garlic is rich in manganese, calcium, phosphorus, selenium, and vitamins B6 and C, so it’s beneficial for your bones as well as your thyroid.
  • To get the therapeutic benefits of garlic, be sure to crush the clove before you eat it; this stimulates the release of an enzyme called alliinase, which in turn catalyses the formation of allicin.