Don't let the pungent taste and smell of this very special food put you off, as garlic is one of the most potent healing herbs in the natural kingdom.
Raw Garlic has potent anti-biotic properties, which makes it effective as an anti-candida/fungal/bacteria/parasites remedy. One of the main phyto-nutrients in garlic is a sulfur compound known as allicin, which is responsible for much of its anti-microbial effect. Garlic also contains other powerful sulfur compounds such as sulfoxides and dithiins which have many health promoting benefits.
What is interesting about garlic whilst it kills off the bad bacteria, it is also a rich source of inulin which is a prebiotic fiber that feeds the good bacteria. Garlic and onions are considered top prebiotic foods for supporting the gut flora.
Another benefit to Garlic is its rich selenium content, which is a very important mineral that is often deficient in many individuals. Garlic is one of the richest plant sources of this unique form of selenium. Garlic is also a good source of many other minerals such as manganese, calcium, copper, germanium.
Traditionally garlic is recommended for a variety of health problems which include liver diseases. The rich sulfur and selenium content of garlic makes it an amazing food to support the livers natural detoxification process including the removal of toxic heavy metals such as mercury, lead and aluminum.
The benefits don't stop there though and scientific research has documented garlic's role in cardiovascular disease prevention. Garlic offers a variety of cardiovascular protective benefits such as its ability to lower cholesterol, blood pressure, triglycerides, has anti-inflammatory properties and prevents oxidative stress/damage. Garlic doesn't only help to improve blood flow but it also prevents blood clots from forming. These impressive combination of benefits make garlic an excellent food to support cardiovascular health.
An important tip during preparation that will increase the medicinal power of Garlic is to crush or chop and let it sit for 10 minutes.
Raw salsa can be a great way to mask the strong taste and smell of garlic and if made right can be a very healing dish that you can include other potent healing foods such as onions and cilantro.