You cannot readily get a heart attack or stroke as long as blood flows smoothly through your veins and arteries.   Both heart attacks and strokes occur when blood vessels are clogged, which can lead to high blood pressure and the formation of  blood clots.  During a heart attack a clot blocks circulation in an artery supplying blood to […]

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Borsch is a hearty, healthy and easy-to-make soup that traditionally comes from Russia.  There are a number of variations on the recipe, so please don’t frown too much if you have  eaten it with somewhat different ingredients or have seen another method of preparation!   This is the basic, meatless version.  There is also Borsch with beef brisket, and  with bacon.  […]

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If it’s not an allergy, more likely than not that itch in the back of your throat is the beginning of a cold, flu virus, or a strep bacterial infection.  Stop the itch in its tracks before it develops into a full blown sore throat, laryngitis or cough and/or, if you’re already sick, fight back with garlic. […]

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The end of the year is that time  in the U.S. when we start catching those nasty colds and the flu.  If just the cold weather were the culprit, then Alaskans would have it the worst.  But it’s not the cold or germs that necessarily make us susceptible to catching respiratory diseases. People in cold parts of the world are often known for their robustness and […]

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As part of a healthy diet, try Tuscan Bean Soup on a cold, rainy night or whenever you get the craving for a satisfying, spirit-uplifting hot meal.  It’s hearty, rich and delicious, loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and garlic!  This is the Mediterranean way of cooking for good health! Ingredients: 8 oz can of red kidney beans 8 oz […]

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The two forms of Herpes simplex, HSV-1 and HSV-2 are viral infections that create painful blisters either on the mouth or genital region.  Antibiotics only treat bacteria and are not effective against herpes, which is a virus.  Garlic, on the other hand is effective against viruses.  Garlic kills viruses upon direct contact, including those responsible for viral meningitis, viral […]

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Just the thing for a hot, sweltering summer day! A COLD soup!  This is a touch of Spain in a cup, bowl or glass.  You decide how you want to eat or drink it!  Goes down like a smoothie or a minced vegetable soup, and no cooking required!  There are many versions of gazpacho with […]

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This salad is popular around the Mediterranean region, particularly in Greece, where it’s called Tzatziki, in Turkey, known as Cacik and some of the Arab nations, where it is named Khiar bil Laban.  In Bulgaria a variation with added walnuts is made and there it is known as Tarator.  Easy to make, packs a wallop […]

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Try this thick, creamy yogurt dressing that includes garlic in its ingredients for a variety of salads, raw and cooked.  It is used around the Mediterranean area, especially in Greece, Turkey, Iran and some Arab nation. Ingredients: 2 cups thick yogurt (drain any excess liquid) 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice […]

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What does garlic have to do with the much-touted Mediterranean Diet?   A LOT!  Garlic  may very well be the secret-not-so secret, super-ingredient that makes the Mediterranean way of eating, the powerful life saver and preserver that it is. Mediterranean Diet  vs  Western Diet As many already know, the Mediterranean Diet is associated with a reduced risk of  […]

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