Apples Get All The Credit


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It’s true, the old adage, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” gets all the credit. This has been a harsh winter, with everyone around me getting sick with the flu or a horrible cold. I’m surrounded by people who are constantly sneezing, coughing and sending their germs my way. But guess what, no cold, no flu and no Dr.’s visits for me! You can call me lucky, say I have a really strong immune system, or you can attribute my immunity to the common thread in what I have been consistently eating this winter. I have eaten garlic and onions in soups, sauteed with veggies, in homemade sauces and every other way you can think of them in a meal. Garlic and onions are so healthy for you and I truly attribute my strong immune system to including these in my daily meals. So before you need to reach for that Nyquil, incorporate garlic and onions into your meals and prevent that next cold or flu from happening!

Health Benefits of Garlic

  • Antibacterial and antiviral (it doesn’t just keep vampires away!)
  • Treats skin infections
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Combats allergies
  • Reduces frequency of colds
  • Increases insulin release and regulates blood sugar levels in diabetics
  • Contains allyl sulphides which inhibits the transformation of PhIP, which has been linked to increased incidence of breast cancer
  • Garlic helps regulate the formation of fat cells in our body

Health Benefits of Onions

  • Supply your body with soluble fiber and flavonoids (anti-oxidant compounds that fight free radicals.)
  • Flavonoids assist in thinning your blood, decreasing inflammation and fighting cancer
  • The phytochemicals in the onion improve the working of Vitamin C in your body, giving you improved immunity
  • Contain a powerful compound called quercetin, which plays a significant role in preventing cancer

 

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