You know the old maxim ‘let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.’ There’s never been a time when those words were more important than they are now.
Throughout ancient history, garlic was revered for both its taste and its medicinal properties. Though many consider it a spice, garlic is botanically classified as a vegetable and is part of the allium or onion family. What makes garlic so special is it’s sulfuric compounds that are formed when a garlic clove is chopped, crushed or chewed. The most notable compounds are allicin, diallyl disulfide and s-allyl cysteine. Garlic is low in calories and high in other important nutrients including manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Selenium and Fiber.
Not only does garlic add real flavor to your plate, several studies have shown garlic to be effective in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Garlic supplementation at larger doses has been shown to have powerful antioxidant effects which, combined with its ability to lower blood pressure and cholesterol can reduce disease causing, oxidative stress. Need one more benefit? Garlic’s sulfuric compounds may help detoxify heavy metals in the body which also helps with weight loss.
Here’s a simple, low calorie salad dressing recipe to help you get more of the healing power of garlic on your plate!
Lemon Garlic Salad Dressing
1 tbsp salt
2 medium to large lemons
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp black pepper
2 garlic cloves, peeled
Squeeze fresh lemons to obtain 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice. Mix lemon juice and olive oil and set aside. Crush garlic cloves and mix with salt. Combine both mixtures together. Add pepper to taste. Enjoy!