We are still not out of the woods with the cold & flu season so it is best to stay alert and have something preventative now and again. Garlic is my old friend in the anti-cold battle and today I want to encourage you to trying the bizarre combination of orange juice with minced garlic as Garlic Matters tested and approved weapon. Oh, yes! You read it right. It does say: orange juice with minced garlic.
And, in case you wonder, I am completely sober!
I have a big faith in garlic’s antibacterial and antiviral properties. I know that a clove of raw garlic can get you into the safe zone or even out of trouble when the cold strikes.
Let’s talk orange juice with minced garlic
I love orange juice! The freshly squeezed one with the bits is my absolute favourite. Naturally, when we think orange juice, a garlic clove would be the last one to mix it with. Vodka on the other hand would go pretty great!
Since we are briefly on the vodka subject, in some people’s minds I should be well adapted to drinking vodka by the glass, considering where I am from, and this should keep me healthy all year round. Vodka as most fresh citruses indeed has antibacterial properties. It almost seems like a marriage made in haven for when you are down with a cold or flu.
Well, we all know that this combination, although very tasty, has short legs. Alcohol dehydrates and does not go down very well with popular cold & flu remedies you’d normally get in your local pharmacy. You can read more about it in this New York Times article. Anyway, who really thinks of vodka & orange juice, or any heavy alcohol in that matter, when feeling week, sick and even tissue management seems like a challenge?
I know it is difficult to actually imagine the flavour of an orange juice with minced garlic. However, as with many things in life, you will not know until you try it!
Between eating a raw clove of garlic on its own and drinking a glass of orange juice with minced garlic, for me, the second one is the winner!
There is no point in trying to convince anybody that a raw clove of garlic improves the taste of freshly squeezed orange juice, but I know that it definitely works the other way round!
When you feel unwell and know that something’s coming to get you, have a glass of orange juice with minced garlic and feel better, please.
- 250 ml orange juice (freshly squeezed is best)
- 1 clove of garlic (plump and healthy)
- Mince your clove of garlic and leave aside for 10 minutes (Allicin compound in garlic needs some time to develop. Allicin stabilizes when mixed with liquid and this also maximizes the health benefits it offers.)
- Add the minced garlic to the orange juice & strain the juice through the sieve (optional).