The Benefits of Ginger and Garlic Soup
Believe it or not, this soup has the power to fight off colds and flu, and even the norovirus. Besides garlic and ginger, it has other potent ingredients like lemon and onions. When combined, these ingredients destroy any type of virus that has entered the body.
The Power of Garlic
Garlic can destroy viruses due to the one of its chemical constituents, allicin. According to the Washington State University, garlic is hundred times more beneficial in fighting off bacteria responsible for foodborne illnesses than two well-known antibiotics.
When garlic is crushed, allin turns into allicin. Allicin is known to reduce the cholesterol and blood pressure and it can also prevent blood clots. Garlic can also prevent atherosclerosis and treat diarrhea and other digestive problems. The compounds in the bulb can fight off bacteria responsible for colds, earaches, and flu. Studies have shown that garlic can also prevent cancer. It possesses anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that strengthen the immunity.
The Medicinal Properties of Garlic
Ancient Egyptians used garlic to treat 22 known health problems whereas ancient Greeks used it to treat lung and blood disorders as well as to alleviate insect bites and to treat leprosy. Since the middle Ages, garlic has been used to prevention infections.
According to the University of Florida, consumption of garlic increases the T-cells in the blood. They’re known to strengthen the immunity and fight off viruses. An Australian study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that regular consumption of garlic can lower high blood pressure. In 2007, Brazilian dentists found that gargling garlic water destroyed the germs causing tooth decay and gum disease.
Roasted vs. Raw Garlic
Some believe that roasting the cloves releases allicin whereas others think that peeling garlic and leaving it to sit for couple of minutes causes the highest production of allicin. Anyway, both options are good; you just need to pick the one which suits you the most.
Garlic Soup Recipe (4 servings)
You will need:
26 garlic cloves, unpeeled
26 organic cloves, peeled
2 tbsp of olive oil
2 tbsp of organic butter
3 ½ cups of vegetable broth
Half a cup of coconut milk
One and a half tsp of chopped fresh thyme
2 ¼ cups of sliced onions
Half a cup of ginger
Half a tsp of cayenne pepper
4 lemon wedges
Preparation: First, preheat the oven to 350F and then put 26 unpeeled garlic cloves in a baking tray and add some sea salt and the olive oil. Put a foil on top and bake the cloves for 45 minutes. Afterwards, remove the tray from the oven and put them in a bowl.
Next, melt the butter over medium heat and add the onions, ginger, cayenne, and thyme and cook them for 6 minutes before adding the roasted garlic cloves and the 26 peeled garlic cloves. Cook them for 3 minutes and then add the broth. Cook it for 20 more minutes or until the garlic softens. Next, put the soup in a blender, blend it for a bit, and then pour it back into the saucepan and add the coconut milk. Simmer for several minutes and then add sea salt and pepper.
Serve it into soup bowls and squeeze one whole lemon wedge. Enjoy!