Garlic belongs to the Allium family where the onion also belongs.

Garlic is one of nature’s little miracles in a bulb. It is a natural antibiotic. You may love or hate the taste or smell but the medicinal advantages of garlic cannot be denied. The positive benefits outweigh all the negatives.

Garlic also contains vitamins and minerals and is one of the top nutritional foods that our bodies need. It has vitamin B1, B6, and vitamin C. It also contains copper, tryptophan, potassium, and selenium.

Eating raw garlic gives greater health benefits than when cooking or frying garlic, as excess heat destroys the enzymes which provide its antibiotic properties. Overcooked garlic can actually cause an upset stomach, so don’t overcook or burn your garlic when sautéing.

Here are a few of the health benefits of eating garlic.

Garlic lowers cholesterol levels

If a person’s diet is filled with fast foods that are high in saturated fats and sugars, it can lead to high LDL cholesterol levels. Studies show that garlic can help lower high cholesterol levels, especially the dangerous LDL type.

As it is important to keep your cholesterol levels in a healthy range, eating some garlic every day makes good dietary sense. Add it to your evening meal where possible and, if you and your partner can agree, eat a raw clove every day for maximum benefit.

Garlic for heart health

Garlic helps fight against heart disease. We all want and need a strong healthy heart. Studies show that garlic plays its part in slowing down the hardening of our arteries. One study showed that taking 900mg standardized garlic powder every day slowed down the growth of atherosclerotic. Atherosclerosis is the build-up of fats, cholesterol and other substances in and on the walls of the artery.

Garlic is also known to be an anticoagulant. This means garlic acts as a natural blood thinner. Blood thinning agents and medications are prescribed for the prevention of heart attacks and stroke as they prevent the blood from thickening.

Eating garlic will help keep your blood flowing naturally.

Garlic for fungal infections

Garlic contains substances that both fight off fungal infections and prevents them from recurring. An overgrowth of Candida can cause unwanted yeast infections and eating garlic can keep the bad bacteria and good bacteria in balance. Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by a yeast (a type of fungus) called Candida.

Garlic for colds and immunity

Garlic boosts the immune system and prevents the onset of a cold or flu. If you feel a cold coming on, eat more garlic. Even though the common cold is not a life-threatening disease, a cold can really disrupt our daily activities, especially if it comes with a headache and cough. Many people rely heavily on garlic in the wintertime, either raw or in a tablet and a capsule form.

Garlic for detoxing

Eating a clove of garlic a day helps the body release toxins and protects the liver at the same time. The liver is the second largest organ of the body and one of its major roles is to detoxify our body. Eating garlic helps the liver to do its vital work.

Many more health benefits of garlic

As stated earlier, garlic is a natural antibiotic, but don’t blindly substitute your medicine with garlic, always check with your health care provider. Whilst garlic is an excellent broad-spectrum antibiotic, there are antibiotics that are specifically recommended to fight serious problems or infections.

However, garlic is the best option for fighting a cold which is caused by a bacteria or virus. It would be beneficial to your health if you get into the habit of eating garlic.


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External Reading

I have compiled the links below for more reading on research done on health benefits of garlic. Some of it might be of an academic nature.

Garlic: A Review of Potential Therapeutic Effects
Garlic in Health and Disease
What Are the Benefits of Garlic?
7 Potential Benefits of Adding Garlic to Your Recipes and Meals
Health Effects of Garlic

Jeff Moji

Hi there. I'm Jeff Moji, an engineer, information technologist, and health enthusiast. I have set up this website to explore the best ways to keep fit and healthy as I grow older during this pandemic-prone time. Please keep in touch so we can exchange information and spur one another on.

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