Garlic, which is part of the onion family, is an herb widely used as a flavor enhancer for any cuisine and has many amazing health and therapeutic benefits. Garlic is used for lowering blood cholesterol and blood pressure, preventing cancer, boosting the function of the immune system, preventing the common cold, and has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, but also it might surprise you to know that garlic helps to ward off hot flashes.
Garlic contains a high amount of phytoestrogens, which are plant-based nutrients that act like the hormone estrogen in the human body. These phytoestrogens can help balance hormone levels, thus preventing menopausal hot flashes. Try incorporating at least one clove of garlic to your meal plan on a daily basis. Whether cooked or raw, garlic can be used in a variety of ways...an essential ingredient that is delicious and nutritious!
ROASTED GARLIC RECIPE
1 or more medium heads of garlic
Method 1: Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (125 degrees C). Slice 1/4 inch off top of garlic bulb(s). Place garlic in a small baking dish and drizzle with olive oil.
Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, until outside is lightly browned and garlic cloves are soft. When cool enough to touch, squeeze each clove to extract softened garlic.
Method 2: Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (125 degrees C). Peel each garlic clove. Place in a single layer in a small baking dish and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 15 minutes, until garlic is soft.
Garlic prepared this way is great when spread on crackers or bread, mixed into hummus or pasta sauce or just about anything else you can think of.
Recipe Source: AllRecipes.com
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