Garlic is one of the vegetables that offers many great health benefits. One of the top benefits is that garlic can lower LDL cholesterol. Taking garlic raw or garlic supplements, you can see a reduction of 10-to15-percent. You should add garlic to your diet for over eight weeks. By lowering your bad cholesterol level, you will be significantly reducing the risk of heart disease. Studies showed that there was an overall reduction in cholesterol in people who ate 10-grams of raw garlic per day for two months.
Garlic can increase estrogen levels in females and thereby minimizes bone loss. It also helps those with osteoarthritis.
Garlic has anti-inflammatory properties and is excellent for the treatment of sore muscles and painfully inflamed joints. Garlic oil can be rubbed directly on the affected areas.
With its antioxidant properties, garlic helps to protect the body cells against degeneration. Including garlic in your diet can help fight against cancer. It stimulates metabolism and helps people regulate their blood sugar levels. With all of its other health benefits, garlic strengthens immunity, and it can help people keep the common cold at bay. So it is vital to include garlic in your daily diet, and one delicious way to do that is to make garlic soup.
For garlic soup, chop two medium onions, peel and mash 16 cloves of garlic (to make them easily to mash put one or two garlic bulbs into the oven on a cookie sheet at 300 -350 degrees for 15 -20 minutes. The cloves will be opened and soft, and you can scoop out the garlic). Chop 2 stalks of celery, cut up two medium potatoes, and slice up three yellow or zucchini squash if you prefer. You’ll need four tablespoons of butter, 6 cups of chicken stock, one teaspoon of thyme, crushed peppercorns, and sea salt.
Take a saucepan and sauté onions, celery, and garlic in butter until soft. Add the chicken stock and potatoes and bring to a boil. Bring to a boil and simmer the soup until the potatoes are tender. Then add the zucchini (if you do not want to add squash or zucchini, you might prefer to add some cubed carrots.) Add the seasonings and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes or until the squash or carrots are tender. Take a blender and puree the soup or use a food processor. Add some sour cream and additional seasonings if you like.