The health properties of garlic and honey have been celebrated since ancient times. But if paired together and regularly consumed on an empty stomach, these two super foods can heal your body, and boost your health and energy beyond your wildest expectations. Here’s how to prepare your garlic and honey power-drink!
The history of garlic
Nearly every culture has used garlic for enhancing health and longevity, from the ancient Egyptians to the colonial Americans. Naturally, ancient civilizations were the first to discover the health value of garlic. In fact, garlic was such an important part of their diets that its use has been documented in ancient holy scripts and the Bible and Talmud.
In Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome and Mesopotamia, garlic was prescribed for many ailments, from circulation issues and insect infestation to gastrointestinal disorders, skin problems and joint diseases. In some cultures, garlic was thought to boost strength and physical performance and even increase courage in soldiers. Ancient Greeks even gave garlic to the original Olympic athletes to ensure their optimal performance, which makes garlic one of the earliest performance-enhancing agents. In the Middle Ages, garlic was used to combat the bubonic plague, and during WWI, European soldiers prevented infection by putting garlic on their wounds.
Today, garlic is an undeniably popular food, both because of its strong, spicy flavor and its multiple health benefits. It is, in fact, one of the most studied plants, with approximately 1,900 medical, pharmacological and chemical reports published so far on the subject of its properties. Just like all other leeks, garlic contains an anti-bacterial compound known as allicin, which helps lower cholesterol levels and prevent blood clotting and also has well-researched anti-microbial properties. Garlic is very low in calories, but it has a rich and exciting nutritional profile, containing Manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, selenium and fiber, which makes it a suitable food item for dieters who are looking to prime their health.
But allicin is not only anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal – it’s also produces sulfenic acid in the body, a compound that can eliminate dangerous free radicals faster than any other known compound, which means that garlic is well equipped with powerful anti-cancer properties as well. And in addition to their notable abundance with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, leeks also contain kaempferol, a natural flavonol that has an impressive potential to fight chronic ailments such as cancer and cardiovascular and digestive diseases.
All in all, science has proved that regular garlic consumption can help you prevent or fight atherosclerosis, heart attacks, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure levels, weak immunity, fungal infections and osteoarthritis, as well as alleviate the symptoms of colds and flus. This is more than enough to convince you to up your intake of this incredibly versatile food item.
But to increase the healing properties of garlic even further, we encourage you to combine it with honey, the liquid gold that also boasts spectacular cancer-preventive and heart-protective powers and packs an amazing amount of flavonoids, antioxidants and compounds with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Honey can also improve the health of the gastrointestinal tract, reduce ulcers and boost energy levels.
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