Like turmeric, garlic has been used for centuries as a medicine. Many studies have shown that it reduces heart disease risk and enhances the immune system’s function.
In particular, garlic has been shown to fight colds and the flu. It contains allicin as an active ingredient. Allicin is a fairly unstable compound and when it is crushed or chewed, it converts to sulphur-containing compounds that kill germs and boost the response of certain types of white blood cells, particularly when they encounter viruses.
Other studies show that garlic can reduce your chances of becoming sick, and reduce the time that you stay sick as well as reduce the severity of your symptoms.
Before cooking with garlic crush or chop the clove and then leave for a few minutes before cooking so the beneficial compounds have time to increase.
If you don't enjoy the taste of garlic in your meals or you don't feel you eat enough of it then you can try swallowing chopped garlic just like you would a capsule.
Chop a clove into small pieces and then leave to sit for 5 minutes. The smaller you chop the pieces the better. Then take a small pinch at a time and swallow with a glass of water.
Garlic has a very strong taste so this is a great way of taking a daily dose of fresh raw garlic without tasting it. You could even wash it down with some ginger and lemon tea!