Foods for the winter months… Garlic

 

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Not only do they keep away the vampires but during the winter months garlic is a great food to boost your immune system and ward off colds and flu. An old folk remedy is to eat a clove of garlic that has been dipped in honey at the first sign of a cold.

Garlic contains high levels of iodine which can make it a very effective treatment for hyperthyroid conditions.

It also contains good levels of vitamin C, so maybe an alternative to all those oranges?

Cardiovascular disease can be reduced by ingesting garlic.

When crushed or bruised, garlic releases Allicin which is a sulphuric compound that is a natural antibiotic! – WW1 soldiers apparently used crushed garlic on infected battle wounds.

Garlic is a great source of vitamin B6 which is needed for a healthy immune system and the efficient growth of new cells. It can also assist with mood swings and improve your cheery disposition!

Garlic regulates blood sugar as it enhances the level of insulin in the blood, it may assist in the control of diabetes.

Finally, chewing a sprig or three of parsley after eating garlic will combat the lovely aroma of garlic breath!

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