Posted by: 4pack | December 3, 2008

“Ideal Food” Update: Garlic Lowers Cholesterol And Blood Pressure While Improving Cardiovascular System

“…Garlic has been known for its therapeutic benefits since ancient times. Studies have linked it to lower cholesterol, serum triglyceride levels and blood pressure. Sulfur-containing compounds including allicin, which give garlic its pungency, along with high levels of vitamin C, vitamin B6, manganese and selenium seem to be responsible for garlic’s beneficial cardiovascular effects. Allicin helps to prevent platelets in the blood from sticking together and is also a powerful antibacterial and antiviral agent that may be useful in weight control…”

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/01/health/nutrition/01recipehealth.html?_r=1&em 

According to a Provençal saying, “Garlic soup is a life saver.” This simple broth, made by simmering crushed garlic cloves in water with sage or other herbs, is recommended as a cure for ailments as varied as hangovers, stomach ailments and colds. I think of it as dinner instead of a cure, and it is convenient especially if I haven’t gone to the market in a few days or if I’m feeling under the weather. I’ve collected many renditions of garlic soup in my travels throughout the Mediterranean and Mexico, and I’ve developed some of my own versions at home. I’ll share four of those recipes this week, along with the broth offered here, which makes a soothing vegetarian alternative to chicken stock.

Garlic has been known for its therapeutic benefits since ancient times. Studies have linked it to lower cholesterol, serum triglyceride levels and blood pressure. Sulfur-containing compounds including allicin, which give garlic its pungency, along with high levels of vitamin C, vitamin B6, manganese and selenium seem to be responsible for garlic’s beneficial cardiovascular effects. Allicin helps to prevent platelets in the blood from sticking together and is also a powerful antibacterial and antiviral agent that may be useful in weight control.

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