Winter Foods: Garlic

Garlic and onions are two root vegetables I always have on hand. Did you now that when you cut garlic and leave it out 10 minutes before using it, it retains their medicinal properties! Their benefits are limitless and they are so easy to incorporate into any dish. Garlic contains strong antiviral and antibacterial properties, making it a great choice to help combat winter bugs. These benefits come from the sulfur-compounds in bulbs. In fact, a recent clinical study showed that garlic can be used to combat the flu and cold! The study also suggests that eating raw garlic may  not be as beneficial as taking supplements when it comes to  battling winter bugs.

While this may  be true, garlic supplements are not always for everyone. Garlic can be diced and added to any meal. It can also be roasted in a little bit of coconut oil on the stove. Our favorite way is to cut the top off the garlic, sprinkle it with oil, and wrap it in foil. We then roast it for 20 minutes at 350*.  You can use the oven roasted garlic in a honey butter, on its own, or added to a pasta butter sauce for dinner!

Even though it is not a supplement, garlic can still be beneficial to boosting the immune system and helping reduce colds and flus.

Kyolic is a great garlic supplement. Talk to a doctor before use if you are on blood thinners, as it has been known to thin the blood. Talk to your pediatrician before giving garlic supplements to your child.Garlic in food is safe for children of all ages. Although, too much garlic may cause gastric upsets in children.

Garlic is best taken in food form for lactating mothers. Note that garlic may change the taste of the milk.  When taken before breastfeeding, the benefits of garlic are passed onto the sick child.

 

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