Power Nutrient #2: The Allium Family

Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal!  My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal BMI is 24.9.

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Power Nutrient #2:  The Allium Family

Garlic (BEST CHOICE) and the other alliums – onions, leeks, chives, shallots, and scallions – are incredible body detoxers.

They stimulate your body to produce glutathione, an antioxidant that lives in each cell, ready to fight free radicals where they live throughout your body.

Glutathione’s action is especially important in your liver, where it helps to remove pharmaceuticals and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

A certain type of flavonoids in onions, called anthocyanins, are incredible free-radical destroyers, and new research suggests they may also help fight obesity and diabetes.

Garlic and its siblings also help to lower total cholesterol – but raise HDL – by decreasing the liver’s synthesis of cholesterol.

(Two cloves of garlic a day might be as potent as some cholesterol-lowering drugs.)

Although studies in rats suggest garlic’s allicin may enhance testosterone levels, it’s a little early to know.

But garlic already does so much – if they prove it does increase testosterone, so much the better.

Leeks are especially cool.

They take the best aspects of garlic and onions – especially manganese, a blood sugar stabilizer – and combine them with fiber, turning them into an all-around fantastic choice to keep insulin levels stable.

Hormone HomeworkHave at least 1 serving per day.

>Crushing, chopping, or chewing garlic helps release allinase enzymes, which trigger many of its beneficial actions.  At least chop the top off before you roast it – that will allow for some enzyme activity.

>Before you cook with chopped or crushed garlic, let it stand for 10 minutes to let the enzymes activate all of the beneficial compounds.

>If you can hack it, try to eat these guys raw – allinase can be deactivated by heat.  Slice raw red or Vidalia onions for your sandwich or burger; chop green onions into your salad or garlic into your dressing.

>Pair garlic with olive oil to release even more helpful organosulfur compounds.  Saute the white part of leeks with garlic for a double dose of allium power.

>To battle garlic breath (which can last up to 18 hours), chew a sprig of parsley or mint after your meal.  Be sure to brush and floss, and use a tongue scraper and/or mouthwash regularly.

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