Mental Health Benefits
Garlic, also referred to as Allium Sativum, is full of healthful benefits including for the brain. Great news if you’re a fan of garlic.
For thousands of years, people have been using raw garlic for medicinal purposes in their cooking. There are similar benefits from powdered garlic extract, garlic oil macerate and even aged garlic extract.
With age, memory and cognitive changes may occur. As you get older, parts of the brain linked to learning, memory, planning and other cognitive functions may shrink. Free radical damage to cells and increased inflammation in the brain may occur from decreased blood flow due to the narrowing of arteries. All of which affects cognitive functioning. For this reason, garlic’s inflammation-reducing properties may benefit the brain.
Alzheimer’s disease is caused when brain neurons die. As the disease progresses, people often suffer cognitive problems, such as memory loss, and may experience difficulty speaking, making decisions and recognizing family and friends. From an article published in November-December 2005, “The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging”, a review shows convincing evidence of the health effects attributed to aged garlic extract on neuronal physiology and brain functions.
Spicy Garlic Lime Chicken
1 ½ tsp Salt
½ tsp Black pepper
½ tsp Cayenne pepper
¼ tsp Paprika
½ tsp Garlic powder
¼ tsp Onion powder
½ tsp Dried thyme
½ tsp Dried parsley
4 each Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 tsp Butter
3 Tbsp. Lime juice
- In a small bowl, mix together salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme and parsley. Sprinkle spice mixture generously over both sides of the chicken breasts.
- Heat butter and olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Sauté chicken until golden brown, about 6 minutes on each side. Sprinkle garlic powder and lime juice over chicken. Cook 5 minutes more, stirring frequently to evenly coat with sauce.
A delightful chicken dish with a little spicy kick. Serve with rice and your favorite vegetable.