People may debate whether or not garlic fights a cold or the flu, but I have seen over and over again how it keeps my immune system strong and stops a cold in its sneaky little tracks. There is science behind my claim and experience – allicin, the main biologically active component of garlic, blocks enzymes that play a role in bacterial and viral infections.
Without a doubt, you will only do right by yourself to include more garlic (cooked and raw) in your diet, especially during this time of year! My cold medicine of choice is always one finely chopped clove of garlic and a tall glass of water. You always have the option of chewing it (which is definitely the way to go if you want to keep people, as well as germs away). Otherwise, just chop it up finely and swallow it like you would any other vitamin/pill. *I would recommend taking raw garlic after you’ve eaten, especially if you have a sensitive stomach.