Superfoods get a lot of press in the raw food world, and for good reason. They are an excellent supplement to any diet, as only small amounts are required to provide huge benefits. They are often used to boost energy levels, fight off and cure illnesses, prevent mineral deficiencies, and just make people feel super! However, they are often quite expensive, and so not the most viable option for everyone. But this doesn’t apply to all superfoods; there are a host of them that are not only affordable, but even downright cheap! Ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and raisins are a few that come to mind, as well as one of my favorites due to it’s incredible potency, plethora of uses, and colorful history; Garlic.
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Easily the most renown aspect of the unique history of garlic is the use of its odor as an apotropaic (having the power to avert bad luck or evil influence – I was trying to find a better word but thesaurus.com had nothing!) ward against vampires. It is worth noting that garlic was powerless against the most awesome vampire in the history of the world – Wesley Snipes. Robert Pattinson wouldn’t last one round in the octagon with Blade. Alas, vampires just aren’t nearly as cool as they used to be. But I digress.
Vampire protection isn’t the only quirky use garlic has been purported to have; in Northeastern India, it is believed that garlic mixed with water spread around the home will keep snakes from entering. A Christian myth states that after Satan left the Garden of Eden, garlic arose in his left footprint, and onion in the right. And perhaps most hilariously of all, Hungarian jockeys will sometimes attach a clove of garlic to their horses because they think that their competing equines will fall back when they get a whiff of the offensive odor.
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Garlic For Energy
Of all the properties of superfoods that get touted in their marketing, increased energy is possibly the most common. However, when it comes to garlic, this property seems to get curiously overlooked. Put a clove of garlic in your smoothie and you can find out for yourself. You might make everyone you speak to that day think you have halitosis, but you will not lack the energy to explain to them that you are actually an optimally functioning raw food superhuman that thrives on garlic! This was actually the impetus for this post – I was simply trying to use up stray ingredients after three straight days of classes in anticipation of a juice fast I will commence soon and discovered that adding a small clove of garlic into my green smoothie gave it a serious kick. Historically, my Jewish ancestors relied on garlic for energy during what is probably the second darkest period in our history; when we built the pyramid as slaves.
Garlic As A Medicine
The most well known of garlic’s beneficial properties is its use as a medicine. I was talking about this with a friend the other night actually; if you are attempting to get a friend or family member to eschew using antibiotics for natural medicine, garlic is probably your best bet. It is commonly known that garlic has healing properties, so people are generally open to trying it out before resorting to pharmaceuticals. As opposed to, say, a concoction of coconut oil and diluted tea tree oil to cure your buddy’s ear infection. In that case it is a much more difficult sell.
Garlic is somewhat of a cure-all because it is :
- A broad spectrum Antibiotic
It has also been known to –
- Increase blood circulation and thin the blood – this can lower blood pressure, reduce the likelihood of blood clots and lower the risk of heart attack and stroke3
- Suppress the growth of tumors
- Stimulate the immune system by increasing blood cell count
- Kill some intestinal parasites
- Soothe coughs and colds – this is due to garlic’s anti-biotic properties
- Kill fungi such as athletes foot and warts
How to Incorporate Garlic Into Your Diet without Losing all your Friends
Easier said than done, right? Nah, you just need to take advantage of an opportunity when you see one. Not everyone is going to want to put a clove of garlic into their smoothie, so the best way for those of you that don’t want to smell like garlic all day is to sneak it into your diet in more complex, flavorful dishes where the taste and smell won’t be so pronounced. Here is one that I just made in one of my classes, is quick, easy and downright delicious.
Raw Tomato Bruschetta Recipe
Tools Required : Mixing Bowl
1 cup Tomato (diced)
1 clove Garlic (minced)
1 ½ tbsp Olive oil
3 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
¼ cup Parsley, chopped finely
¼ cup Basil, chiffonade or chopped finely
¼ Onion, chopped finely
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Fresh black pepper
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- Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl and allow to marinate for at least one hour.
- Serve on top of raw bread or crackers.
Makes about 1 1/2 cups
1 – http://www.indianmirror.com/ayurveda/garlic.html