Wintertime is coming and along with this season conditions like colds or flu are becoming very common. So, there is nothing better during this period than a hot warming soup, especially if it provides health benefits for your body.
The best soups are the ones that bring comfort, soothe and well nourish our bodies. As a result of that in this article we shall present you an amazing recipe of a garlic soup recipe that will be of great assistance during wintertime helping you to fight off flu and colds.
Garlic is the most powerful natural antibiotic which can be as effective as the pharmaceutical ones. As per a conducted study in 2012 on the potency of garlic as antibiotic it was compared with two common antibiotics. Researchers used a garlic compound (diallyl sulfide) and the two pharmaceutical antibiotics in the treatment of pathogenic bacterium Campylobacter jejuni. The results showed that the garlic compound was much more effective.
Health Benefits of Garlic
This vegetable has been present for centuries on our planet and because of that it has been widely used in the medical world everywhere in the world. Due to its beneficial properties it has been used by many cultures for boosting the immunity and thus making the body stronger in the fight against many ailments and infections. Many studieshave revealed that the use of garlic can reduce cholesterol levels and blood pressure and because of that it is very beneficial for the cardiovascular health. Moreover, garlic shows some anti-cancer properties that can prevent cancer.
The most benefits that garlic can offer is when it is consumed raw and not when it is cooked although it becomes softer and sweeter.
The potency of garlic lies in the presence of allicin which get released only when the garlic gets crushed, and left to stand for 15 minutes, and after that used in various dishes. In this form it can protect you from various cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
Allicin is formed when a garlic compound called alliin comes into contact with alliinase, a garlic enzyme, and this happens only when garlic is raw ground or chewed. When cooking or heating garlic, the alliinase becomes inactivated thus preventing the production of allicin.
Aside allicin, garlic contains as well as other beneficial compounds which cannot get activated while cooking.
Nonetheless, cooked garlic can boost the immune system due to the presence of the antibacterial properties and thus fight off bacteria and diseases. In order to reap all the benefits that garlic can offer it is best to use it in both forms raw and cooked.
Here is the amazing recipe that will make your body stronger against the impact of many winter ailments:
Recipe of a Garlic and Onion Soup
- 4 garlic heads, roasted
- 2 onions, chopped and caramelized
- 6 cups of soup broth (either vegetable or bone)
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 sprig of rosemary
- Raw garlic, nicely cut
First prepare the garlic heads by baking it for 30 – 40 minutes, to 400°F. Once cooled remove the peels, and begin with heating the broth.
Next, take the onions and cut them into slices. Place them in a pan with a little bit of cooking oil and cook them till they get caramelized.
Now, take a food processor and in it put the peeled roasted garlic, and caramelized onions. Mix till they are smooth. Transfer the soup into a bowl and then include raw garlic, rosemary, bay leaf and salt.
Garlic is known for its anticoagulant effect, so if you have been recentlyoperated or if you are on anticoagulant therapy, then the use of garlic is not recommended
In the case of digestive issues, a stomach ulcer, bleeding or a blood clotting disorder like hemophilia the use of garlic is not recommended unless your doctor suggests otherwise.
Garlic is not recommended for pregnant women or people with porphyria. By all means do not consume this soup if you are allergic to garlic.