Whether you love it or hate it, garlic is a superfood’s superfood, providing your body with all manner of beneficial effects. If you love it, well, don’t be stingy! Nearly every savory dish you can think of can benefit from a little–or a lot of–garlic.
And if you hate garlic, or if it gives you indigestion, it’s available in supplement form, so you can reap the benefits without having to taste it. Here are three good reasons to get more garlic in your diet one way or the other, along with a recipe that makes using garlic in recipes easy as pie.
1. It helps prevent and treat heart disease
Garlic has proven protective benefits for the heart. A review of studies published in the Nutrition Journal reports that numerous clinical trials showed that garlic has a positive effect on cardiovascular diseases including atherosclerosis, hyperlipidemia, and hypertension.
A randomized, double-blind study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that aged garlic extract reduced plaque in coronary arteries for patients with metabolic syndrome, and it can help slow the progression of atherosclerosis and reverse heart disease in its early stages.
2. It may help prevent some cancers
Garlic and other allium vegetables, like onions, leeks, and chives, have been shown to have a positive effect on the body at each stage of cancer formation, according to a review published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research. According to researchers, the benefits of garlic stem, in part, from decreased bio-activation of carcinogens and garlic’s antimicrobial effects.
3. It can help manage diabetes
If you have diabetes, garlic can help you manage your disease. It’s been shown to help reduce blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes, and it has other properties that can help prevent some diabetes complications, promote circulation, and fight infections.
Research shows that garlic may also help reduce bad LDL cholesterol. A study of rats found that a daily extract of raw garlic for seven weeks significantly lowered blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels, and it was shown to improve diabetic neuropathy.
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Garlic Confit: A Very Garlicky Recipe for Fans
If you’re a fan of garlic, this easy confit recipe nets you garlic-infused oil to use in recipes, and you can stir the tender, spreadable cloves into your favorite dishes, like mashed potatoes, mac ‘n’ cheese, and roasted veggies.
What you need:
*8×8 baking dish (or similar size)
*4 heads of garlic
*Fresh thyme or rosemary
*1 ½ cups extra-virgin olive oil
How to make it:
1. Preheat the oven to 250 F.
2. Separate the cloves from four heads of garlic.
3. Place the unpeeled garlic in an 8×8-inch baking dish.
4. Sprinkle them with a few sprigs of thyme or rosemary, plus a few bay leaves.
5. Pour 1-1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil over the cloves and herbs, then bake until the garlic oozes out of its skin, between 60 to 90 minutes.
6. Check at 60 mins and continue baking if you prefer a darker more cooked garlic.
7. Finally, pour the unpeeled cloves, oil, and sprigs into an airtight container, and keep it refrigerated for up to two weeks.
8. Use liberally for the deliciously health results.