March 4, 2013

Garlic and Good Health

garlicWe’ve blogged before about the importance of establishing healthy eating habits in addiction recovery and beyond. But good nutrition goes way beyond that. Super foods like beets, kale and pomegranates may go a long way toward keeping you healthy well into old age and may even cut the risk of diseases like cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s, just to name a few. Now add garlic to that list; a surprisingly potent (in more ways than one!) little plant.

According to eatingwell.com, “…a recent study showed that less than one clove a day may cut prostate-cancer risk in half, and other research links garlic to a lowered incidence of stomach, colon and possibly breast cancers…” But, “…that all depends on its preparation, says John A. Milner, chief of the Nutritional Science Research Group at the National Cancer Institute….Garlic’s active agents—allyl sulfide compounds—are produced when the clove is chopped or crushed. This breaks the cell walls and starts a cascade of chemical reactions (which also produce garlic’s characteristic smell) leading to the desired sulfides. But Milner found that heating the garlic immediately after chopping inactivated a crucial enzyme in the chemical chain.” So the next time you’re whipping up a batch of Grandma’s tomato sauce, crush the garlic ahead of time and let it sit for a while before throwing it into the pot. The good news is, your favorite foods just might be loving you right back.

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