Garlic is great, garlic is good, garlic is a gustatory sensation. Yes, garlic is the true superfood, whether you have it cooked or raw. Yet, when taken in the raw form you are actually intensifying its benefits tenfold. It has been used topically, but I like to consume it as a food and not as a medicine.
When taken orally, all of us know that garlic causes bad breath and can ward off vampires. However, raw garlic also may cause a burning sensation in the mouth or stomach, heartburn, gas, nausea, vomiting, body odor and diarrhea. And these side effects are often worse with raw garlic. The good thing is that not all people experience these side effects, and if you do, there are ways to curb them. Drink cold milk afterwards and swish it around in your mouth a bit before swallowing. For me personally, I did experience horrible stomach pains at first, but my body got used to raw garlic. Now I can even eat two decent-size cloves without a burp. It is all about patience and persistence. Once you have mastered it though, your life will get much better, I guarantee it! Here is why:
- It can slow down the development of atherosclerosis and can modestly reduce blood pressure
- Cancer has also been found to be combatted with garlic, even helping to prevent it in the first place
- It has also provided success for treating enlarged prostate, diabetes, osteoarthritis, hay-fever, cold and flu
- Garlic is famous for building the immune system and preventing tick bites. It can even prevent and treat a slew of bacterial and fungal infections (yeah, that includes E. coli, antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Salmonella enteritidis)
- For sore throats, sinus congestion, gout, hemorrhoids, bronchitis, snake bites and high blood sugar garlic has been proven to be beneficial
- As an added bonus it can fight fatigue, stress and even help improve the liver
Okay, so we are all wondering: How does it work?
Garlic produces a chemical called allicin. This chemical is what appears to be the source of its power. Yet that very same chemical is what makes garlic smell. Garlic can become almost “odorless” by aging the garlic, but this process makes the garlic less effective just like cooking does. So the closer to rawness that you can achieve the better. Always remember that garlic is not a panacea, but it can significantly help improve your health. So try it out today!