“You’re a monster, Mr. Grinch, Your heart’s an empty hole, Your brain is full of spiders, You’ve got garlic in your soul, Mr. Grinch.” – Dr. Seuss. Poor garlic. How could anything that is so good and healthy ever overcome such associations such as found here in this Dr. Seuss quote? Surely, garlic is not that bad, is it? Contrast that quote about Mr. Grinch’s soul with this quote from Arthur Baer, “There is no such thing as a little garlic” and we have ourselves and old-fashioned dilemma on our hands.
All kidding aside, no dilemma here. Garlic actually has a whole lot of good inside and as you will see, has been shown to pack quite the punch when fighting many of America’s top killers.
Where Did Garlic Come From?
Garlic is one of the world’s oldest cultivated crops having been consumed by humans for several thousand years. For medicinal purposes, garlic use has dated back 5,000 years.
Although there is some debate on the origins of garlic, it is thought to have originated in Central and South Asia, with early signs of signs of its presence in Egypt, which connects both Asia and Africa. In terms of production of current global crops of garlic, China leads the way by producing roughly 80% of the world’s total garlic.
Garlic In America
But, move over China, as garlic has made its way into America, many cities have begun to stake their own claim on global garlic dominance. Cities like the Northern Californian town of Gilroy has even gone as far as dubbing itself the “Garlic Capital of the World” with its annual Gilroy Garlic Festival. The Gilroy festival has since become one of the largest food festivals in the United States.
Even our home state of Oregon is having a good time with garlic too. Every August in North Plains, Oregon, which is just outside the state’s largest city of Portland, passerby on the highway will begin to see the famous “Fun Stinks” signs advertising the annual Elephant Garlic Festival.
The Anatomy Of Garlic
Beyond the distinct smell and wonderful flavor of garlic, the entire head is called a bulb, with each segment being called a clove. There can often be anywhere from 10-20 cloves found within each garlic bulb.
What Gives Garlic Its Odor?
When a garlic clove is either crushed, chopped, or even chewed, it is known to produce a sulfur compound called allicin. Coincidentally it this compound that also is a major reason garlic has so many health benefits.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Garlic?
Garlic packs a punch by providing many health benefits that can take the fight to the frontlines of many of the leading causes of death in the world today. Let’s look at the impact garlic has on several of these conditions, which also includes the common cold.
If there is one way to give your common cold or flu a series of uppercuts, garlic just might be the punch you’re looking for. With supplementation of garlic, tests have shown a significant impact on the common cold or flu.
In one test, the U.S. National Library of Medicine reports the following findings on the impact of garlic supplement versus that of a placebo environment on the common cold or flu:
- Daily garlic supplementation showed to reduce the number of colds by 63% compared with placebo.
- Daily garlic supplementation was shown to reduce the length of cold symptoms from 5 days (in placebo group) to that of 1.5 days in garlic group.
- Daily garlic supplementation was shown to reduce the number of days sick with common cold or flu by upwards of 61%.
Studies have shown that supplementation of garlic can make a sizeable impact on reducing one’s blood pressure. Again, it’s the allicin from the garlic that helps lead the charge. Of certain, the amount of allicin that would be needed to see such desired results would be roughly four cloves of garlic every day.
Combats Heart Disease
By helping both lower total and LDL cholesterol levels, garlic has been shown to reduce these levels anywhere from 10-15% when used as a daily supplementation. Please note, the findings have been specific to total cholesterol levels as well as LDL, but garlic doesn’t seem to make much impact on HDL levels or triglycerides. But, by improving the overall cholesterol level, garlic may then lower the risk of heart disease.
The bioactive sulfur compounds found in garlic are thought to have effect at each stage of cancer formation. In this, these compounds can affect many of the biological process that can in the end, greatly reduce cancer risk.
As you can see, when we say garlic packs a punch, it sure does. These of course are but a few of the health benefits of garlic. And with so many people battling many of these conditions found on this list of items today that daily supplementation of garlic can help fight, the question now becomes, how do you want your garlic served?
What Are Favorite Ways People Eat Garlic?
It is a beautiful thing when the aroma of garlic begins to permeate throughout the house. Whether it be in a spaghetti sauce simmering upon the stove top, homemade guacamole, or for some, a piece of toast with a little honey mixed with the garlic cloves.
What are your favorite ways you like to consume garlic?
Where Is The Best Place To Get Garlic From?
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With these benefits to be found in regards to the power of daily garlic supplementation, maybe Dr. Seuss was onto something after all. Maybe the best cure for Mr. Grinch was garlic all along?