Organic Garlic Scapes

From an article in Organic Facts by John Staughton

These scapes are only available for a few weeks each year, so those who love to cook, make a point of seeking out these flavorful additions to summer recipes.  Since they come directly from the garlic bulb, these scapes also contain a rich supply of vital nutrients and minerals, as well as certain active ingredients and antioxidants. They are very low in calories – only 30 calories per 100 grams – as well as good amounts of dietary fiber, vitamin C, and provitamin A. [2]

Health Benefits of Garlic Scapes

The best health benefits of garlic scapes include protecting against heart diseases, improving digestive health, and aiding vision, among others.

Anticancer Potential

Vegetables of the Allium genus, which includes garlic scapes, are known to have several disease-preventing qualities. There are many active ingredients in garlic scapes that have anticancerabilities, but specifically, diallyl sulfides are found in good concentrations in these stalks. These are directly linked to apoptosis, the programmed cell death of cancerous cells, preventing the spread of these cells. [3]

Detoxify the Body

Research has found that regular consumption of garlic scapes can help to flush out the liver and kidneys, thus detoxifying the body. There are also the diuretic properties of this vegetable, which will help the body eliminate waste and toxins rapidly. [4]

Improve Circulation

Garlic is known to boost circulation and oxygen throughout the body, and garlic scapes are no exception to that. Some of the active ingredients in garlic can actually increase the oxygenation of the blood, which can boost energy levels and the speed of repair within the body. [5]

Increase Bone Health

Allicin and allium, two of the active components of garlic scapes, are able to prevent the creation of certain enzymes that speed up the breakdown of bone tissue. This is important as you age and osteoporosis becomes a much bigger risk. [6]

Reduce the risk of Chronic Diseases

The antioxidants present in garlic scapes make it an excellent defense against oxidative stress and chronic disease. This includes conditions like heart disease and autoimmune diseases. [7]

Improve Vision

Provitamin A, which is found in good quantities in garlic scapes, is able to transform into beta-carotene, a valuable antioxidant that can directly protect vision health. Research has linked this compound to lower rates of macular degeneration and slower advancement of cataracts. [8]

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Organic Garlic Scapes-about a pound

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