Friday, May 01, 2009

Herbs For The Immune System

Allium sativum

Garlic is not only antibacterial, but antiviral, antiseptic, anti parasitic, immune-stimulating, antispasmodic, hypotensive, diaphoretic, and anti fungal.

Regular use of this spice will keep your body toned and functioning optimally. It will help keep that all-important and vital organ, the heart toned, help keep blood pressure down, as well as help lower cholesterol. Repeated studies have shown that garlic has a beneficial effect on the heart and circulatory system.

Garlic is rich in antibiotic powers and strengthens the immune system.

Garlic in the diet has also been shown to have a beneficial effect on those dealing with cancer, stress, and fatigue. Garlic increases insulin production, and lowers blood sugar levels, thus aids diabetics in the control of this debilitating disease.

Garlic also helps increase the senovial fluids, and so is an ally for those dealing with arthritis. The sulfur in garlic helps break up the crystallization of uric acid in the joints, and so aids in the relief of gout.

While I totally believe and practice all the healing and maintenance methods that are found in herbs and herbal products, I also suggest that you get medical advice from a qualified practitioner before embarking on any new method of self treatment.

Garlic can be used in most any recipe in many different ways.

Fresh garlic is delicious sliced and lightly sauteed in a small amount of olive or grape seed oil, tossed into pasta, seafood stir-fry's, meat dishes, scrambled eggs, and even a green salad.

A sprinkling of garlic powder on toast or garlic bread is delightful.
Sprinkle a bit over your favorite nuts and stick them under the broiler just until hot.

Regardless how you use garlic, don't over-cook with any herb the longer it is cooked, the less nutritional value it will have. So...add it to your food the last few minutes of cooking and know you are getting the best it has to offer.

More to come on herbs for the building of your immune system.

Have a Mighty May~

Bea Kunz

No comments: