Health Benefits of Garlic

Including garlic in your diet is extremely important, whether it’s through the form of pills or incorporated into your meals.  There have been many studies that show that garlic can improve the health of your heart, prevent certain types of cancer and can act as an antibiotic.

Let’s start with the benefits of garlic for your heart.  Garlic can help you lower your cholesterol, lower your blood pressure and stimulates nitric oxide.   What is nitric oxide?  Basically, it is a substance found in the lining of your blood vessel’s walls.   This helps the blood vessel walls relax, allowing blood to flow freely throughout the body.  In addition, eating two or three gloves a day can reduce the risk of heart patients of heart attacks in half.

Some of garlic’s properties can also intervene with the growth of cancerous tumours.  A study that was conducted in 2000 showed that those that regularly ate garlic, whether it was cooked or raw, had their risks of having stomach cancer cut in half and the risk of colorectal cancer reduced by a third in comparison to those that barely ever ate garlic.

Finally, if you want to stay cold-free during the winters or want to avoid getting sick in general, don’t pass on the garlic!  British researchers had participants take either a placebo or a garlic pill for twelve weeks.  The ones that took the garlic pills were 2/3 less likely to catch a cold!  Garlic has proven it can effectively fight off bacteria and various infections.

Have you experienced any of these health benefits? Do you know of any others we’ve missed?

Tweet us at @discovergarlic, email us at discovergarlic@gmail.com, send us a video response on our YouTube account discovergarlic@gmail.com or post your reply below! We want to hear from you!

Sources: http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/garlic-benefits.html, http://www.care2.com/greenliving/4-healthy-reasons-to-love-garlic.html

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Today’s Garlic Moment: Prepping Garlic

Hey Garlic Lovers! We’re excited to share with you the premiere video from our brand new YouTube series, Garlic Moments. Today’s episode is dedicated to preparing garlic – a great skill to have for making all of the delicious recipes we will be sharing with you over the week! Enjoy!

We’d love to hear your feedback in the comments section below, or post a video response to our YouTube channel!!

Garlic throughout History

Sure, we’re crazy about garlic, but this isn’t a new thing! The word garlic comes from Old English garleac, meaning “spear leek.” Dating back over 6,000 years, it is native to Central Asia, and has long been a staple in the Mediterranean region, as well as a frequent seasoning in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Garlic has a very old and interesting history, let us give you a little summary of garlic over time:

3200 BC: Garlic, one of the oldest cultivated plants in existence, is grown in Egypt. Egyptians were said to have been obsessed with the herb, because they believed it strengthened the body and prevented disease. Legend says slaves building the pyramids were fed garlic to ward off infection.

2600 BC: The Sumerians name garlic on a list of dietary staples. Noted on a clay tablet, it’s believed to be the first time the herb is mentioned in writing.

1550 BC: The Ebers Papyrus, an ancient medical text, names hundreds of herbal remedies, and 22 of them call for garlic. A grocer’s purchase of 395,000 bunches of garlic is also recorded on Persian tablets.

1652: The Complete Herbal, written by British physician Nicholas Culpeper, credits garlic with many powers, such as healing bites of mad dogs and venomous creatures, ridding children of worms, and curing ulcers.

1897: English writer Bram Stoker’s famous novel Dracula refers to the long-standing European superstition that garlic protects against vampires and werewolves. Some suggest that Count Dracula himself was the mastermind behind the belief – since the herb has been shown to thin the blood, it would decrease clotting action, making it easier for vampires to feast on people who consumed it.

1914: British doctors use garlic as an antiseptic against infections, such as gangrene, during the First World War. Russian physicians later do the same during the Second World War; they also supplement soldiers’ diets with garlic and onions to prevent disease. Garlic is consequently nicknamed “Russian penicillin.”

1979: About 15,000 people attend the first annual Gilroy Garlic Festival in California. The three-day summertime festival, featuring live music, arts and crafts and food (such as garlic wine, garlic ice cream, and garlic sushi) awards the herb by the pound to competition winners. The event grows to more than 125,000 attendees, and Gilroy is dubbed the “Garlic Capital of The World.”

1980: A rash of clinical research examining the role of garlic in reducing blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke begins. Some studies find the herb can reduce blood pressure, decrease cholesterol, fend off common colds, enhance the immune system, and prevent cancer.

What do you think about garlic’s evolution?

Tweet us at @discovergarlic, email us at discovergarlic@gmail.com, send us a video response on our YouTube account discovergarlic@gmail.com or post your reply below! We want to hear from you!

Sources: http://homecooking.about.com/od/foodhistory/a/garlichistory.htm, http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/health/garlic.html

Help Our Garlic Discover Himself!

Our little garlic is having an identity crisis and needs your help!

How can you help?
All you have to do is follow @DiscoverGarlic on Twitter or Instagram and either hashtag the name in a tweet to us or “like” the picture of the character that you think suits him best!
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Easy as roasted garlic, right?!?!

The winning character will be selected based on the sum of likes on Instagram and hashtag votes on Twitter, and one lucky participant who voted for the winning character will be selected at random to win a $15 grocery store gift card!

Note: While everyone has the chance to win the glory of choosing the winning character, only Ryerson University students enrolled in CMN288 are eligible to win the gift card.

 

Welcome!

We are so excited that you’re joining our campaign celebrating the joys of our favourite ingredient – Garlic! Whether you’re a seasoned chef, a beginner, or just simply love to eat – there is something for everyone on this blog! We hope you will stay a while, and enjoy the variety of recipes, videos, facts, news and more that we will be posting when we go live from April 1st to April 5th! Do you know a fun fact about garlic? Do you have a delicious garlic-themed recipe you would like to share? We want to hear from you! #Discover Garlic will be taking over social media spreading the excitement and you can help! Tweet us, follow us on Instagram, Pin us on Pinterest, Subscribe to our YouTube channel, email us at discovergarlic@gmail.com and comment on our blog posts!

We hope you enjoy your stay!

– The Discover Garlic Team

“And, most dear actors, eat no onions nor garlic, for we are to utter sweet breath.”

– William Shakespeare, A midsummer night´s dream