When 107-year-old Frances Asher met with President Obama she claimed that the key to her good health and longevity was a spoonful of garlic a day.
While “a spoonful of garlic makes your cancer risk go down” isn’t nearly as catchy a tune as the Mary Poppins original, experts say that Frances might really have been onto something.
Eating more garlic lowers cancer risk
A urine test, developed at Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, revealed that the more garlic a person eats the lower their risk of cancer.
In one study researchers had participants eat a diet that lacked any cancer causing nitrates or garlic for a week.
Volunteers were then given a non-toxic dose of sodium nitrate. Followed by seven days of either garlic or vitamin C.
The new urine test clearly showed that the garlic eaters had significantly lower levels of carcinogens in their bodies.
Both vitamin C & garlic caused carcinogen levels to drop
Even more exciting, those who at just a few extra grams saw their carcinogen levels drop even further.
Participants who took vitamin C saw a similar effect.
Researchers theorize that similar to vitamin C there are nutrients in garlic that act as antioxidants, fighting off the cancer-causing nitrates (and vampires of course).
You can follow Frances’ lead and down a spoonful of garlic every day. Or for a milder version of the sharp spice it can be stirred into some of your favorite dishes from salad dressings to meatloaf.
The majority of experts agree that lightly cooked garlic retains most of its health benefits so add it towards the end when including it in a cooked dish.
One of my favorite ways to eat this delicious veggie is roasted in the oven. And roasted garlic couldn’t be simpler to make.
|Oven Roasted Garlic Cloves|
|Savory and mellow roasted garlic can be eaten just as it comes out of the oven, spread on organic whole wheat toast, or mixed into your favorite dishes. Goes great in mashed cauliflower.
• 4 large heads of organic garlic (feel free to make more)
• Preheat oven to 350°F.
Turn common garlic into a true cancer killer
But to get the MOST cancer-fighting benefits from your garlic crush the fresh cloves at room temperature and allow it to sit for about 15 minutes before cooking.
This is enough time to allow for a special enzyme reaction that boosts the benefits of garlic.
As for me, I’ll be taking advantage of the 2 for 1 and fighting off cancer AND vampires.
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