Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on April 25, 2008
The infamous Garlic and Shots restaurant in Soho, London offers more garlic-laden dishes than you could shake at a coven of vampires. During my time as a resident of London, the restaurant was dismissed as tourist trap by us locals. But with the benefit of hindsight, I’ve got to concede that G and S is onto something.
Because it turns out garlic is exceedingly good for your health.
Packed full of phytochemicals and nutrients, garlic boasts an amazing array of health-giving functions. Its anti-clotting properties can help prevent heart disease and stroke. Ajoene, an antioxidant found in garlic, can stop skin cancer cells from spreading. It can assist in avoiding colon cancer, prostate cancer and stomach cancer. Allicin in garlic has been proven to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
Garlic also prevents infection, respiratory illnesses and diabetes. It’s an effective anti-fungal agent for yeast infections and athlete’s foot. Plus it can reduce the carcinogenic effect of asbestos exposure — and even help you to lose weight. And, most importantly, it helps makes a mean vegetable chili and just about any other dish.
Those of you concerned about garlic’s “special aroma” can take it in odorless supplement form and still reap the enormous health benefits.
But the next time you’re in London, I heartily recommend you look up Garlic and Shots — just maybe not as a first date.