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Garlic: Health Benefits and Nutritional Value of Garlic

  1. Is garlic healthy? Garlic is a healthy and medicinal seasoning that is delicious in many dishes, from Dutch to Oriental cuisine. Garlic has a spicy aroma and is an indispensable ingredient in world cuisine. But caution is advised: too much garlic can ruin a dish, and too little garlic makes some dishes tasteless and boring. Garlic has also been used for medicinal purposes since time immemorial. There are strong indications of (small) positive effects of garlic on health, especially on heart and blood vessels. The use of fresh garlic (1 to 2 cloves per day) is recommended. The Dutch eat relatively little garlic. This is in contrast to Spaniards, for example, who eat an average of one and a half kilos of garlic per person per year, which amounts to about 450 cloves: about the recommended amount.

What is garlic?

  1. Garlic family plant

Garlic in Ancient Times

  1. Sumer and Egypt

Growing your own garlic

  1. Garlic planting time

Nutritional value of garlic

  1. Garlic is rich in vitamins and minerals. Garlic contains vitamin A (which supports the immune system), four B vitamins, namely vitamin B1 or thiamine (indispensable for the energy supply of the body), vitamin B3 or niacin (important for the energy supply and it also plays a role in the production of fatty acids in the body), vitamin B5 or pantothenic acid (this vitamin is also necessary for the energy supply of the body and also for the build-up and breakdown of proteins and fats), vitamin B6 (which is important for the production of immune cells ) and vitamin C

Health Benefits of Garlic

  1. Garlic is very healthy: it boosts the entire immune system. When garlic is cut or crushed, it releases allicin, an antibiotic, which first circulates in the blood and is then excreted through the lungs, intestines, skin and urinary tract. These organs are in fact disinfected during that process. The antibacterial effect of garlic is helpful in the prevention and control of many ailments. Garlic also aids digestion and contributes to a good intestinal flora

Eating raw garlic

  1. Garlic should preferably be eaten raw, as many of its healthy properties are lost through heating. Garlic's full nutritional benefits are best achieved by cutting or crushing it and then allowing it to stand for 10 minutes before consuming or baking. This makes allicin and its derivatives active.

How effective is garlic?

  1. The so-called Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database

Recipes with garlic

  1. Garlic Cream

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