If you’re trying to keep colds or the flu at bay, or even if symptoms have started, one of the best things you can include in your diet is garlic.
Studies have shown it can reduce cold symptoms and positively enhance the immune system. It’s also beneficial for heart health.
When crushed or chopped it releases allicin (the substance in garlic which contains the health properties). Israeli researchers have recently discovered that it is heat sensitive, but if prepared and left aside for 10 minutes the beneficial properties are preserved – even when cooked. Simply get into the habit of preparing garlic first when you are cooking with it before you prepare the other ingredients in a meal.
Aim for 1- 2 cloves a day.
Some people with sensitive digestions may find it doesn’t agree with them, so go gently if you are one of these people.