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Garlic Soup Recipe To Treat Cold And Flu

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Preheat oven to 350F. Heat 24 garlic cloves coated with olive oil and sea salt for 45 min. Remove peels and set aside. Melt butter, add onions, thyme, ginger and cayenne powder in a saucepan and cook for 6 mins. Add the roasted garlic and vegetables and simmer for 20 mins. Blend puree until smooth then mix coconut milk and simmer in pan again.

As we sneeze and cough our way through these dark months of contagious nasties, garlic is being hailed for its powers to halt viruses in their tracks.

It has gained its reputation as a virus buster thanks to one of its chemical constituents, allicin.

A recent and significant finding from Washington State University shows that garlic is 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics at fighting disease-causing bacteria commonly responsible for foodborne illnesses.

When garlic is crushed, alliin becomes allicin. Research shows that allicin helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure and also helps prevents blood clots. Garlic can also reduce the risk of developing atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Compounds in this familiar bulb kill many organisms, including bacteria and viruses, that cause earaches, flu and colds. Research indicates that garlic is also effective against digestive ailments and diarrhea. What’s more, further studies suggest that this common and familiar herb may help prevent the onset of cancers.

‘This chemical has been known for a long time for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal powers,’ says Helen Bond, a Derbyshire-based consultant dietitian and spokeswoman for the British Dietetic Association.

‘Because of this, people assume it is going to boost their immune systems. Lots of people are simply mashing up garlic, mixing it with olive oil and spreading it on bread.

But how or whether it may actually work has still not been proven categorically.’

Indeed, scientists remain divided on garlic’s ability to combat colds and flu. Last March, a major investigation by the respected global research organisation, the Cochrane Database, found that increasing your garlic intake during winter can cut the duration of cold symptoms–from five-and-a-half days to four-and-a-half.

But the report, which amalgamated all previous scientific studies on garlic, said it could not draw solid conclusions because there is a lack of large-scale, authoritative research.

The problem is that pharmaceutical companies are not interested in running huge, expensive trials–as they would with promising new drug compounds–because there is nothing in garlic that they can patent, package and sell at a profit.

Modified Garlic Soup Recipe

Serves 4

  • 26 garlic cloves (unpeeled)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) organic butter (grass fed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1/2 cup fresh ginger
  • 2 1/4 cups sliced onions
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 26 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 3 1/2 cups organic vegetable broth
  • 4 lemon wedges

Preheat oven to 350F. Place 26 garlic cloves in small glass baking dish. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and toss to coat. Cover baking dish tightly with foil for about 45 minutes, and bake until garlic is golden brown and tender. Cool. Squeeze garlic between fingertips to release cloves. Transfer cloves to small bowl.

Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions, thyme, ginger and cayenne powder and cook until onions are translucent, about 6 minutes. Add roasted garlic and 26 raw garlic cloves and cook for 3 minutes. Add vegetable broth; cover and simmer until garlic is very tender, about 20 minutes. Working in batches, puree soup in blender until smooth. Return soup to saucepan; add coconut milk and bring to simmer. Season with sea salt and pepper for flavour.

Squeeze juice of 1 lemon wedge into each bowl and serve.

This recipe can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Rewarm over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

There are two schools of thought as to the best way of preparing garlic to make the most of its medicinal qualities. Argentinian investigators found it releases its allicin-type compounds when you bake the cloves, while scientists at South Carolina Medical University believe peeling garlic and letting it sit uncovered for 15 minutes produces the highest levels of compounds to fight infection.

So, you can simply peel half of the garlic cloves and roast the other half with the kitchen door tightly closed (to stop the pong permeating throughout the house).

After an hour-and-a-quarter’s industrious soup-making, sprinkle lemon juice over a bowl of steaming, grey gloop and tuck in.

The heady aroma certainly revs up the appetite and the first spoonful does not disappoint. Delicious as it is, however, one large bowl of home-made soup is a more than ample meal.

As for the soup’s cold-preventing powers, only time will tell. Regular bowlfuls may very well keep me free of winter ailments, thanks to the virus-killing compounds they contain.

Or it could just be that my nuclear-strength garlic breath will keep everyone who is infectious far out of sneezing range for months to come.

John Summerly is nutritionist, herbologist, and homeopathic practitioner. He is a leader in the natural health community and consults athletes, executives and most of all parents of children on the benefits of complementary therapies for health and prevention.

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1880 comments
Caroline Ponting
Caroline Ponting 5pts

Nobody would go near you so unlikely to catch a cold from anyone xx

Peter Ries
Peter Ries 5pts

52 gloves of garlic will even distract the devil. ..

Timothy Reynolds
Timothy Reynolds 5pts

My grandfather did it when they found out my mom was allergic to his cigar smoke. He tried the pipe but it didn't work and it wasn't the same for him. So he ate garlic since then until he passed away

Maria Montalvo
Maria Montalvo 5pts

cooked garlic is tasty, sweet and nutty, but I don't think it is very effective as the cooking process destroys the anti viral properties. You would only need 2-6 raw cloves to help with colds. I just slice thin on a buttered slice of bread and top with a second slice of bread with raw honey spread on it. When you have a cold it helps you breath and is very welcomed.

Troy Ragan
Troy Ragan 5pts

it will also cure human interaction.

Sallyanne Holtz
Sallyanne Holtz 5pts

It will also keep away all friends, suitors, possible acquaintances

Farideh Peyman
Farideh Peyman 5pts

What happens with 53 cloves? Would it not work with 51 cloves? Serious question?

EricHill2
EricHill2 5pts

51 and less you die. 53 and more... you die. A VERY delicate balance... be careful :D

Sarah Thompson
Sarah Thompson 5pts

Doubles as a vampire repellent...I love ❤ garlic!

Nora R Kirk
Nora R Kirk 5pts

I love this so good and i do it with my chicken too.

Shubha Rajesh
Shubha Rajesh 5pts

A good n aural family planning method for couples

Susan Sherwin-Albert
Susan Sherwin-Albert 5pts

AS much as I love garlic and would indulge, some of the reason for the increases resistance is because of the distance other people will keep from you!

Karen Kristensen
Karen Kristensen 5pts

Jenea Algood garlic is the other natural cure all I believe in

Dmakwater Moore
Dmakwater Moore 5pts

after eating this don't say HHHHHIII or HHHELLOOO...just imagine the smell fro the other end too. whooooweee! LOL

Sommie Thomson
Sommie Thomson 5pts

I'm not crazy about fresh garlic but I'll probably have to reconsider after seeing many positive comments about it.

Anita Rose
Anita Rose 5pts

I rather have bad breath than the flu ANY day!

Anita Rose
Anita Rose 5pts

Kiyah Muhammad we need to feed this the whole daycare. Lbvs

Daniel Wilshaw
Daniel Wilshaw 5pts

Rachael Spencer this could help you and maybe tone down the breath a little :)

Jackie Webb
Jackie Webb 5pts

If you both eat it then it won't matter.\U0001f60a

Ryan Willer
Ryan Willer 5pts

Thanks Ange Solo this gives me hope!

Clay Starkey
Clay Starkey 5pts

You will also smell like a walking Italian bakery for a week as well.

Paula Marie Nocon
Paula Marie Nocon 5pts

Wow. It will also scare the witches, vampires, and werewolves away!!!

Jan Lowell
Jan Lowell 5pts

i MADE IT ONCE. GREAT BUT OMG WHAT A LOT OF WORK