Garlic – the wonder ingredient for your body

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah.      .

Garlic is a super food that's not only exceptionally flavourful, but is also undeniably healthy. You are bound to feel good about gorging on garlicky veggies or velvety hummus, given the remarkable benefits that the herb offers. Used since times immemorial in folk medicine to successfully manage a multitude of diseases and disorders, garlic has a really long history as an effective home remedy and has been backed by tremendous scientific evidence.

The fabulous health benefits of garlic

The benefits of eating garlic are terrific; let’s investigate!

  • Garlic keeps your heart happy: Garlic is a mega superstar for heart health. It promises to relax the blood vessels and decrease blood pressure, in hypertensive individuals. In fact, case studies demonstrate that those who consume garlic on a regular basis are less vulnerable to heart diseases. Allicin in garlic is the powerful anti-oxidant which helps bring down the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. Experts recommend integrating plenty of garlic in to your menu, especially in combination with vegetables, pulses, and low sodium salt. Refined, iodized and potassium enriched, Tata Salt Liteis a low-sodium salt that provides 15 % lower sodium than regular salt. It has been formulated especially for those who have been advocated a sodium restricted diet.
  • Garlic thwarts cancer: There’s a very strong link between eating garlic and averting cancer. Research shows that garlic has a robust anti-tumor activity in cancers of the colon, prostate and stomach. 
  • Garlic is a potent infection-fighter: One of the most popular garlic benefits is that the wonder herb shores up your immunity, battles infections and fights off bacteria, viruses and fungi.

5 garlicky dishes!

These 5 dishes are brimming over with the super flavourful herb, along with a ton of other wholesome ingredients making them really healthy.

  • Lasaniya bateka's: This Kathiawadi recipe is crammed with heart-happy and cancer-fighting compounds and is a formidable hunger zapper too – all thanks to the colossal amount of garlic that is used in the dish. This recipe calls for 12 to 15 flakes of garlic which lends the dish a strong and distinctive flavour. The potatoes keep you full for a long period of time and provide crucial vitamins and minerals. Top off the dish with a generous amount of coriander and serve hot with roti and raita.
  • Pav bhaji: Making pav bhaji is a breeze! It’s a one pan dish that requires minimal clean up and is packed with a load of vital nutrients. All you’ve to do is chop and toss all the veggies into the saucepan, cook well for 10minutes and pav bhaji is your absolute go-to for taking the all the bother out of the meal as well as keeping things healthy. This recipe promises you plenty of vitamins A and C and a ton of fibre – from the tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, potatoes, cauliflower and French beans. You could also experiment with some of the unconventional vegetables – broccoli, cabbage and zucchini to add a continental twist to your pav bhaji. Loads of crushed garlic is the actual game changer in the recipe – with respect to taste as well as wholesomeness.
  • Garlic chicken tikka: Everyone loves chicken! This recipe derives all its gorgeous flavour from the ingredients which are luckily laden with potent anti-oxidants. This recipe takes 15 minutes to prep and another 30 in the oven. It's spicy, garlicky and luscious. The garlic lends a major oomph to the dish while the yogurt proffers pro-biotics and protein. The aromats – jeera, garam masala, chilli, haldi and coriander make the dish super appetizing and very healthy. The garlic chicken tikka is basically a huge flavour festivity for your mouth!
  • Lahsun chutney: A 2 ingredient wonder, this chutney is perfect for – bhel, tikkis, kebabs, sandwiches, ragda pattice and a host of other chaats. The antioxidant-packed chunky garlic chutney is pungent, spicy and adds a distinct kick to your dish, while promising you all the outstanding health benefits.
  • Garlic naan: It’s completely possible to include naan in to your diet and stay on course of your health goals! Whole wheat naan gives you fibre and vitamin B complex and when it teams up with the remarkable garlic, the two promise to diminish your risk for heart disorders, diabetes and even facilitate weight reduction.

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