Garlic Garbanzo Soup
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For thousands of years, from Hippocrates to Chinese medicine, garlic has been credited with medicinal properties — boosting the immune system by being antiviral, anti-fungal and antibacterial, and reducing inflammation. It has also been credited with reducing cholesterol; is a good antioxidant; detoxifies the body; and best of all, it’s delicious.
On the other hand, ayurveda recommends minimal use of garlic mainly because excessive consumption produces too much heat in the body, which in turn can make us irritable and drain our energy.
However, at a time when we are preparing for a possible onslaught on our immune system, a small cup of garlic soup a day may be just what we need.