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Garlic contains a compound called allicin, which has antiviral properties and boosts your immune system by encouraging white blood cells to reproduce. Studies have confirmed that raw garlic can reduce the symptoms of a cold and shorten recovery time. For the best effect, chew one or two raw cloves a day – not as unpleasant as it sounds (for you, anyway – those around you may disagree!). If you can’t stomach that, slice the cloves and add to a sandwich, or swallow the pieces like pills. You can also take garlic supplements, although they’re not as potent as the real thing, especially odour-free varieties.

To combat athlete’s foot

Thanks to its powerful antifungal compounds such as ajoene, some studies have found garlic more effective than commercial treatments for recurrent athlete’s foot. Crush a few raw cloves, or pierce a few garlic capsules and squeeze out the contents, and add to a bowl of warm water. Soak your feet in the mixture for 20 minutes, twice a day. Alternatively, mix the crushed garlic with olive oil and dab onto affected areas. Continue for a few weeks after symptoms subside, as fungal infections can remain dormant.

ways to use garlic


This pungent vegetable is known as a ‘superfood’, thanks to its many medicinal uses, says Catherine Francis

32 October 2015 womanalive For clearer skin

Antibacterial properties and the antioxidant sulfenic acid mean that garlic is great for treating spots and even acne. Before bed, cut a raw clove in half and rub over blemishes. Alternatively, mash it, dilute with a little water or rosewater, and apply. Leave overnight if it’s comfortable (it can burn), to kill off bacteria and draw out infection.

As a bowel protector

A traditional ‘colon cleanser’, garlic is thought to boost the good bacteria in your bowel (it’s a ‘prebiotic’), reduce the risk of stomach ulcers, prevent constipation, counter intestinal parasites and ease irritable bowel syndrome. Some research suggests it could even offer some protection again bowel and stomach cancers. So include garlic in meals regularly. Add towards the end of cooking, as heat destroys the enzymes that make it effective.

To boost heart health

Garlic can help to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, and protect the heart. Its allicin content reacts with red blood cells to emit hydrogen sulphide, a cell messenger that encourages blood vessels to dilate. Clinical studies have found this can lower blood pressure, allow more oxygen to be transported around the body, and reduce the strain on the heart. A garlic-rich diet may be one reason that populations in the Mediterranean and Far East suffer less cardiovascular disease.

Choose the best Pick clean, plump, firm bulbs without any shoots. Organic is best, and it’s easy to grow your own. Store in a cool, dry place away from sunlight – but not the fridge, as this encourages it to go soft and mouldy. For supplements, try A Vogel Swiss Garlic Capsules ( Garlic supplements are not recommended if you’re taking blood-thinning drugs, so check with your doctor.

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