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Tip 19- Immune Boosting Foods #4

Garlic is nature’s secret weapon. It is a potent antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial weapon. Allicin, the sulfurous chemical compound responsible for the stinky aspects of garlic, has been shown to inhibit the growth of bacteria and even kill some germs on contact! One study found that garlic successfully killed 14 strains of bacteria taken from kids with ear infections.

Today’s tip: Research shows that cooked garlic will still retain most of its immune boosting properties.

My favorite baked garlic recipe:  Trim the root but keep the bulbs unpeeled. Coat bulb with 1 tablespoon olive oil, wrap in foil, and bake in a 300 degree oven for 1.5 to 2 hours, or until cloves are easily pierced. Use as a sandwich spread, add to pasta or add to grilled veggies.

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