Garlic is considered one of the world’s healthiest and most versatile superfoods. The nutrient packed bulbs belong to the onion genus Allium – best known as a flavoring in cooking and has been used in medicine throughout ancient and modern history to prevent and treat an array of diseases.
Here are just a few reasons why:
- Low Calorie (42 per serving)
- Rich in manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C
- Substantial amount of vitamins including selenium, calcium, potassium and more
If ingested regularly, garlic can also help reduce your risk for heart disease and help your body process cholesterol more efficiently.
Immune System Booster
Garlic is known to boost the immune system and can help combat sickness like the common cold. Research has also shown that incorporating garlic into your daily diet can reduce your risk of getting sick by up to 63%! This can be especially useful if you’re someone prone to getting colds.
The best part of this superfood is that it’s easy to grow and makes a great addition to any garden.
Follow these 5 simple steps to get started:
- Break up the garlic bulb into cloves and bury them a couple inches deep in loose, damp soil.
- Make sure you keep the pointed side of the clove facing upwards.
- When your garlic sprouts, make sure to give them water when the topsoil feels dry but be sure to not overwater – garlic tends to not need too much water.
- Cut off any flowers that bloom to preserve the flavor of your garlic.
- Once your garlic plant has 5 or 6 leaves, it’s ready to be pulled up!
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Don Patrick is an amateur writer and sports enthusiast. He loves reading books, listening to the Huberman Lab Podcast, and spending time with his family and friends. Don is also a personal trainer and youth hockey coach.