It is believed that the process of heating garlic, onion, and other allium vegetables destroys the beneficial properties of allicin, their main component. Even though this is true, it is important to know how to use garlic if you want to enjoy the health benefits of its enzymes.
In this article, we will show you how to prepare a recipe that will help you boost your immune system.
Due to their high content of sulfur-containing nutrients and flavonoids, allium vegetables, like onion and garlic, should be added to your diet. For best results, include one serving of allium vegetable on a daily basis.
According to the Washington State University, thanks to its anti-viral effects, garlic is more beneficial than antibiotics for eliminating bacteria, which lead to serious foodborne illnesses. Allicin, one of the most beneficial compounds of garlic, remains intact for 2 – 16 hours in its extracted form, whereas it remains viable for 2- ½ days in its crushed form.
Moreover, letting crushed or chopped garlic stay before changing its PH value (combination with acidic food, such as lemon juice) or temperature (the process of cooking) will enhance the alliinase enzymes in garlic to improve your overall health. For instance, studies show that a minute of immediate microwaving of garlic will destroy its cancer-protective properties. Also, before adding garlic to acidic foods, such as lemon juice, let it stay for 10 – 15 minutes to optimize its benefits.
A 4-ingredient recipe that will boost your immunity
Here is a 4-ingredient recipe that will help you stimulate your immune system and enhance your overall health.
Raw honey garlic lemon shot recipe
To prepare this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
- 1 organic lemon
- 1 tablespoon of raw honey, such as Manuka honey
- 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- 1 – 2 cloves of garlic
- 1st Step: Cut all the lemons in halves.
- 2nd Step: In a bowl, squeeze the lemon juice.
- 3rd Step: Chop the cloves of garlic and let them stay for 10 minutes. Then, add the cayenne pepper and the lemon juice.
- 4th Step: Add honey to the mixture and stir well.
- 5th Step: Pour the mixture into the lemon half that you squeezed.
Consume the mixture together with the lemon half.