As a member of the allium family, garlic, along with leeks and onions for example, contain high amounts of sulfur compounds. These compounds not only give garlic its potent smell, and strong flavour, but also contribute to its powerful healing properties.
Garlic is high in selenium, the heart health mineral, especially when grown in organic, mineral rich soil. It is also an excellent source of manganese, and B6, especially important for women. Believe it or not, garlic is also a rich source of Vitamin C.
Benefits of Garlic
- Strengthens the immune system
- Acts as an anti microbial, anti fungal
- Prevents or aids in reducing symptoms of infection (urinary tract, kidney, respiratory, yeast infection)
- Aids in digestion
- Reduces and regulates blood sugar and blood pressure
- Detoxifies the body and aids in removal of parasites
- Reduces acne and other skin infections
- Increases circulation and body temperature
- Improves metabolism
- Acts as an anti inflammatory
Last year, I had the honour of being a part of the Dare 2 Dream Sandy Loam Produce first ever Community Support Agriculture (CSA) program in Espanola, Ontario. On a weekly basis, CSA members as well as those of you signed up for the Holistic Lacey newsletter received a flyer filled with delicious recipes, tips and nutritional facts. I have decided to share this deliciousness to inspire, educate and encourage everyone to enjoy eating locally and seasonally, and to feel the difference for yourself.