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8 Benefits of Garlic That Will Surprise You (+Healthy Recipes)

8 Benefits of Garlic That Will Surprise You (+Healthy Recipes)

Garlic, lovingly known as stinking rose, is a very popular ingredient in Latino-American, Mediterranean, Asian, African and European cuisines. Cousin of onions and leeks, it has been part of humanity’s lives for over 7,000+ years, being used for both medicinal and culinary purposes. What is know about garlic, aside the fact it is a very efficient repellent of vampires, is that it is as helpful as it is delicious. Allium sativum, scientific name of garlic, has several benefits which are to be taken into consideration next time you go grocery shopping.

Health benefits of garlic:

1. It is highly nutritious

Garlic contains nutrients such as:

  • Manganese: 23% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B6: 17% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin C: 15% of the RDA.
  • Selenium: 6% of the RDA.
  • Fiber: 1 gram.
  • Decent amounts of Calcium, Copper, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron and Vitamin B1.

And most importantly, garlic has very low calories.

2. It can combat common cold

To include garlic, or even supplementation, can even help to prevent illnesses like flu and common cold by strengthening the immune system. If you prefer to try this, then mince a clove of garlic and added to your tea next time you get a cold. Add a few drops of honey or lemon if the garlic alone is too strong for you and take notes on how your body responds.

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3. It can reduce blood pressure

Studies have proved that including a high dose of garlic, or -again- supplementation, helps improved the high blood levels (hypertension). The recommended amount would be about four cloves a day.

4. It reduces cholesterol levels and the risk of heart diseases

The supplementation seems to have a positive reaction in reducing total and LDL cholesterol. However, a valid point to include here, HDL cholesterol and triglycerides do not seem affected by garlic’s properties.

5. It helps fight Alzheimer’s and dementia…

…by protecting brain cell’s damage and aging with the antioxidants it contains.

6. It may help you live longer

Effects on longevity are basically impossible to measure in humans but if garlic helps lower blood pressure, protects the heart and brain from sickness and damage, along with strengthening the immune system and the overall body with different vitamins and minerals, it would make sense to say that it helps you live a little longer, right?

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7. It improves your performance in sports

Back in Rome and Greece, garlic was given to both athletes and soldiers to enhance productivity. Egyptians would also give it to enhance productivity and performance, but to their labourers instead. Recent studies have shown this is true, but it is more noticeable in performers with heart diseases.

8. It helps detoxify the body

Sulfur compounds in high quantities of garlic have shown signs of protecting organs against heavy metal toxicity. And it even helped reduced symptoms like high blood pressure and headaches.

In conclusion, garlic is one of those things most homes should have at least in small quantities, but of course not even this magical plant is perfect. It is not recommended to be eaten in very large quantities, as it can give bad breath (two words: garlic bread) and it can also affect your body odor. And please, also keep in mind some people can show signs of allergies, such as diarrhoea, rash (which can ironically be treated with garlic), fever, headaches and digestive track irritation. So the important thing here is to pay close attention to your body and act accordingly.

Here are some recipes, for those interested in adding some spice to their lives at the expense of this delicious plant. Happy cooking!

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Old-school garlic bread

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    Sautéed Swiss chard with garlic and lemon

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      *recipe that works well with kale and also spinach

      Garlic shrimp with chiles de árbol

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        Roasted sweet potatoes with garlic and chile

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          Green garlic and pea soup with whipped cream

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            Bonus: the truth is garlic is so versatile you can add it to basically anything and, most the time, it’ll cause some improvement. My kitchen style is yet very young but my amateur recommendation is to shred a garlic head until you have a paste and then add that to different things until you find what you like best. Works great with chicken, salmon, pastas, salads and in case your store-bought (spinach or red-salsa) dip is a bit too bland for your taste, just add a few spoonfuls and mix well. The paste can be put on the fridge on a covered container and since garlic itself has a very long shelf life (whole 3-6 months, cloves 1-2 months), the paste can last you up to three months.

            Featured photo credit: spicyPXL via shutterstock.com

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            Last Updated on October 17, 2018

            How Setting Small Daily Goals Makes You Achieve Big Success

            How Setting Small Daily Goals Makes You Achieve Big Success

            Successful people “think” success all the time. That is why their goals are firmly lodged in their subconscious.

            While most believe that having a long-term goal is crucial to success, successful people understand that without small, daily goals, you will get demotivated easily; success will in turn become hard.

            In this article, we will look into the importance of setting daily goals and how to having daily goals that help you achieve success.

            How to “think” success with your subconscious

            The subconscious is brilliant at prioritizing. It listens to you and gauges from your thoughts what you think is the most important task. This means that what you think about most of the time is what the subconscious will think is the most important thing for you, and will try to find creative solutions.

            If you think about problems, the subconscious will try to find you more problems. If you think about solutions, goals and dreams, it will try to make them come true.

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            But the subconscious goes even further when trying to understand what you think is important; it “listens” to your feelings.

            Luckily, it has been proven that a positive thought is over 100 times as positive as a negative thought. This makes it a lot easier to drive positive emotions into your subconscious.

            How daily goals keep you positive

            It is enough to be positive and keep your thoughts on what you want — and you don’t have to go monitoring your thoughts all the time.

            It is enough to imbue your thoughts a few times a day with a powerful positive emotion when thinking about your goals. The more you can do it, the more powerful this exercise will be.

            For many, reading their goals or making plans become a chore, something that fills them with negative emotions. This ruins the full potential of these activities; filling yourself with positive emotions while thinking about your goals will make them a lot more powerful.

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            Over the last several years, I have been taught several exercises that can help you focus more on your goals and spend more time thinking about and feeling about them. What I want you to remember when doing these exercises is to have fun. Never see them as a chore, you are living your goals, it is something to enjoy.

            If you don’t feel uplifted at the thought of focusing on your goals, you might as well not do the exercise today. Do it tomorrow instead because it will do more harm than good if you are in the wrong mood when thinking about your goals.

            Why positive thoughts inspire you ideas

            In my business, I constantly need to come up with new ways to improve efficiency, new ideas to test and new subjects to teach. It takes a lot of creative work — and creative work has always been one of my weaker areas.

            Luckily, thanks to all my work with goal setting (and because of my focus on my goals), my subconscious knows these are the things I need the most help with and that they are very important to me.

            Every day I get new ideas of things I can try out, products I can create, seminar subjects I can offer, and so on.  All of them aren’t good but when you throw enough “mud against the wall”, something will stick. And that is what my subconscious does — it feeds me idea after idea.

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            How to set daily goals for yourself

            This method is used by countless thousands around the world and for everyone who has tried it, the effects have been incredible:

            1. Each morning, take a pen and a piece of paper and write down your 10 top goals. Don’t look at the day before, just think about what you want to most and write them down.
            2. Remember to write them in the positive present tense and remember to set a deadline for each goal. Just like we did when setting your long term and short term goals. (For example you could set the goal “I make 10,000 dollars per month by the December 31 next year.”)
            3. Do this for all 10 goals.

            In the beginning, writing down 10 goals might be difficult. Each day, they might look a bit different and some of the goals you write never come back again.

            If you forget a goal, it is because it wasn’t all that important and something more important has taken its place.

            What difference does it make?

            By starting your day setting your 10 top goals, you jump-start your creativity — which will motivate you for the rest of the day. You will have programmed yourself to focus on your goals and to move towards them and their completion.

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            What will happen to you?

            If you do this, you will start to realize what is important to you. You’ll see what goals keep surfacing and what goals vanish.

            You will know what you want and you will find yourself presented with opportunities that you haven’t noticed before.

            You will be more creative in finding ideas and chances to make your dreams reality.

            The bottom line

            Having goals on a daily basis can change your life for the better. It will help you keep moving faster and faster towards your goals and dreams.

            So now set your goals and make having daily goals your good habit:

            1. Buy a notebook and a pen at your local bookstore.
            2. Start writing down 10 goals every morning, without looking at the day before.
            3. Take advantage of the opportunities that come your way and capitalize on them.
            What’s next after setting your goals? While your routine is the key to achieving your goals, you can take these 6 simple steps to make progress towards achieving goals.

            Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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