Garlic powerFriday, August 17, 2012 01:18 AM Views : 291People's Journal
REV up your marinating power with garlic. Garlic not only lowers your blood pressure, it also stops sniffles, wards off UTIs, and may even help prevent cancer.
How many benefits you know about garlic? According to Susan Hall, there lots of health benefits you can get from garlic. It does not only give your food the aroma.
* Clear up UTIs. Cranberry juice isn't the only natural way to fight annoying urinary tract infections. A diet rich in garlic can help, too because of its natural antimicrobial properties.
* Crush cancer. The next time you're cooking, mince the garlic ahead of time. Nutritionists at the American Institute for Cancer Research found that letting chopped or crushed garlic sit for 10 minutes before heating helps it retain a third more of its cancer-fighting sulfur compounds than if it were cooked immediately.
* Fight itchy feet. Because this is now the season of rains and floods, alipunga and other athlete's foot is inevitable. Reach for garlic, a powerful antifungal. Just boil several cloves in hot water, cool to a comfortable temperature, pour into a large bowl, and soak your feet.
* Fights colds. At the first sign of the sniffles, microwave two cloves unpeeled garlic for 25 seconds; let it cool, then peel off the skin and eat. Garlic's sulfur compounds likely boost the immune system and help fight infection.