You can forget the flu shot after you read about this miraculous soup. This soup is based on more than 50 cloves of garlic, thyme, onions and lemon. It can destroy almost any virus that enters its path including colds, flu and even norovirus.
Garlic has gained its reputation thanks to one of its chemical constituents, allicin.
The amazing benefits of Allicin
A recent research showed that garlic can be 100 times more potent than two popular antibiotics at fighting disease causing bacteria commonly responsible for food-borne illness.
When the garlic gets crushed, alliin becomes allicin. Studies have shown that allicin can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure and can also prevent blood clots. It can also reduce the risk of developing atherosclerosis.
Garlic can neutralize organisms, including bacteria and viruses that can cause earaches, colds and flu. Research shows that garlic can be effective against digestive ailments and diarrhea. Some recent studies are shown promising findings that garlic can be used for prevention of cancer.
Garlic as medicine
Garlic has a long and proud tradition as a medicine.
The Ancient Egyptians recommended it for 22 ailments. Even more, it is written that the laborers who built the pyramids ate it to increase their stamina and to keep them healthy.
The Ancient Greeks used it for almost any condition from curing flu, infections, and lung and blood disorders to healing insect bites and even treating leprosy.
The Romans fed it to soldiers and sailors to improve their endurance.
Last year, prominent nutrition scientists found that eating garlic can boost the number of T-cells in the bloodstream. These cells play a vital role in strengthening our immune systems and fighting viruses.
Allicin can also make our blood vessels dilate which can improve the blood flow and help tackle cardiovascular problems such as high cholesterol.
In 2007, dentists from Brazil found that gargling with garlic water can kill germs that are the main cause for tooth decay and gum disease.
Best way to prepare garlic
There are basically two schools of thought as to the best way of preparing garlic.
One team of scientists found that baked garlic releases its allicin-type compounds when you bake the cloves, while another team believes that peeling the garlic and letting it sit uncovered for 15 minutes produces the highest levels of compounds to fight infection.
You can peel half of the garlic cloves and roast the other half with the kitchen door tightly closed.
Due to the low price of garlic, there is a lack of researches on the benefits. However, the soup does wonders for you during the winter. However, regular bowlfuls may very well keep away from colds, flu and other disease.
Modified Garlic Soup Recipe
26 organic, unpeeled garlic cloves
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. organic butter
1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
1/2 cup fresh ginger
2 1/4 cups sliced onions
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
26 organic garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 cup coconut milk
3 1/2 cups organic vegetable broth
4 lemon wedges
Preheat oven to 350F. Place 26 garlic cloves in a small glass baking dish, add 2 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and toss to coat. Cover the baking dish tightly with foil and bake until the garlic is golden brown and tender, around 45 minutes. After that, squeeze the garlic between your fingertips to release cloves and transfer them to a smaller bowl.
Melt the butter in a heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions, ginger, thyme and cayenne powder and cook until onions are translucent, around 6 minutes. Then add the roasted garlic and 26 raw garlic cloves and cook for 3 minutes. Add vegetable broth; cover and simmer until the garlic is very tender, about 20 minutes. While working in batches, mash the soup in a blender until it becomes smooth. Return the soup to saucepan, add the coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Season it with sea salt and pepper for flavor.
Squeeze juice of 1 lemon wedge into each bowl and serve.
The soup can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Rewarm over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
If garlic were found to be a wonder drug, consumers could simply buy it in the supermarket for 30p a bulb or grow their own in the garden.