Health Benefits of Garlic - A Super Herb

A Healthy Addition

Garlic is a super herb from nature which has been utilized for its health benefits for centuries. Modern food studies have turned up some interesting facts on why it can be so great for our overall well being. Garlic adds a tasty spice to dishes and is versatile in its use. It can turn regular meals into something truly special with its aroma when used in the proper amount. Let's learn more about this powerful herb and see why it is a healthy and delicious addition to our diets.

Reach For The Herb

Garlic is loaded with high quality nutrition.
Garlic is loaded with high quality nutrition. | Source

Garlic Nutrition

This herb features impressive and abundant health benefits. It is a high nutritional food and contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, and C. Garlic also contains manganese, potassium, copper, zinc, iron, selenium, and trace amounts of other minerals. One of the best ways to get more wholesome nutrition into our diets is to include more fruits, vegetables, and herbs with our meals. Consuming garlic will improve the action and efficiency of white blood cells within the body. It also has the ability to be helpful in controlling hypertension. This could be an excellent herb to feature more in diets for people looking for natural ways to lower high blood pressure.

Excellent Antioxidants

Garlic herb is loaded with antioxidants which can help support your body's immunity and slow down the aging process. Antioxidants help fight off free radicals and improves your defenses against disease. This beneficial action also enhances cardiovascular health by preventing damage from free radicals in the blood stream. Filling your daily eating habits with foods rich in antioxidants such as garlic, will allow your body to function at a more optimum level.

Combats High Blood Pressure

Garlic has been shown to be helpful with controlling high blood pressure.
Garlic has been shown to be helpful with controlling high blood pressure. | Source

Supports Joint Health

Another super benefit of eating garlic is the support it provides for your joint health. Studies have shown that people who ate garlic on a regular basis were less likely to develop osteoarthritis compared to people who didn't. Eating foods such as chives, onions, and leeks can give you this health upgrade as well. If you are young, be sure to begin including this food more often so your joints will have better defenses against the aging process.

Additional Benefits

- The allicin in garlic may help promote weight loss and lower blood pressure.

- The compound ajoene in garlic is a natural antioxidant which has anti-clotting abilities. Eating this food can help in preventing heart disease and even strokes.

- Garlic has antispasmodic properties which makes it helpful for treating digestive conditions.

- Studies have been conducted which showed that people who consumed garlic regularly had a reduced chance of getting cancer. This herb has been shown to provide support for the body's white blood cells with their defense against cancerous cells.


Add More Garlic To Your Diet

Sprinkling garlic power on vegetables can be great alternative to salt. It will provide you with a different and interesting flavor and reduce your intake of sodium. Try adding garlic to mashed potatoes for a delicious taste but make sure to do it after the potatoes have already been cooked. This will prevent burning the garlic and it will hold its nutrients better. Be creative with more ways to get this herb into your eating habits. It is a great addition to salad dressings, and some people even enjoy it on papaya fruit. Not only will you be exploring new flavor combinations but you will gain numerous health rewards as well. Appreciate you taking the time to read through this article and for more on nutrition, please visit my profile or the links below.

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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Great info. Garlic does have lot of benefits, and does taste good. It's just the smell sometime puts me off, lol.... But I try to cook with it as much as I can.

Enjoyed your hub. Voting up.....


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bac2basics 4 years ago from Spain

Hi Olde cashmere...well I never !! knew all that. I have been told it´s also a natural antiseptic and can be used as an insect repellant on animals and plants....oh and of course vampires !!!


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Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

Interesting and Useful!!! I love garlic and use it often!!! I am glad to know that there are many health benefits that I was unaware!!! Thanks for sharing!!!


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States Author

Thank you LaThing, yeah the smell doesn't please everyone but the health benefits are so worth it. Appreciate you voting up :)


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States Author

Thank you for your comments bac2basics, those are interesting uses. My nephew would agree strongly with the vampires :)


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States Author

Appreciate you stopping by Patty Kenyon. I'm happy that you enjoy it as well, thank you for your comments :)


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CriticalMessage 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

Speaking of super herbs?... As I try to pry my eyelids back open...


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

I love garlic. At one point in my life you could smell me coming


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States Author

Haha, it's become my favorite spice over the past year. Thank you for reading Mhatter :)


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

I love garlic too, James. I should share this with my husband..he hates it! Guess the smell's a little overpowering for him. A great hub, sharing!


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lindalou1963 4 years ago from Texas

I would think keeping vampires away would be considered healthy!


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Koshaugh 4 years ago from Indianapolis

I also love garlic, so it's nice to reminded of how good it is for me! Thanks for sharing:)


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SkySlave 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

As a cook garlic has been one of my greatest friends in the kitchen. It can enhance the flavor of just about any savory dish. Sometimes i catch myself eating little bits of raw garlic because i love the taste so much. Awesome hub, voted up!


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Green Lotus 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

If I had to choose an herb (or bulb) that I could not do without it would be garlic! I think it's divine. Great to know how beneficial it is as well. Cheers!


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States Author

Thank you Michelle for reading this and for sharing :)


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States Author

Sure is :) Thanks for checking this hub out lindalou.


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States Author

Glad this was helpful for you Koshaugh, thank you for reading :)


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States Author

I also do that sometimes when I'm cooking a meal with it. Thank you SkySlave for your comments and for voting :)


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi James, I love garlic and love all this great and useful information on garlic and all it's great health benefits. I enjoyed reading this well written hub !

Vote up and more !!!


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States Author

Thank you for checking this article out Green Lotus. It would be my choice as well. Appreciate your comments :)


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penlady 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA

It’s good to know that something as tasteful as garlic is associated with health benefits. I love it best on spaghetti.

Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States Author

Thank you kashmir for your comments. I appreciate you voting as well :)


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States Author

Thank you penlady for reading this article and for voting :)


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Lipnancy 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

Finally something that tastes good is good for you. Terrific hub. How come everybody likes garlic, but no one likes it on your breath? LOL


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States Author

Haha, just a bad combination I guess. Thanks for stopping by Lipnancy, always appreciate your comments :)


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

I love garlic and use it almost everyday. I have always believed it was super healthy and loved all the information you gave here. I make a very simple dip out of cream cheese, fresh garlic (I use a garlic press) and a little milk to thin it. So simple and quick. You can also add chives.


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juicingforhealth 4 years ago from Spain

I use garlic when my son gets ear-ache (it use to be a constant problem when he was younger).

Cut a clove in half and stick it (with a bandaid) to the outer ear (not inside the ear) and leave it there for an hour or so. The volatile chemicals in the garlic diffuse into the ear and help unblock it.

You can also use onion extract for this. Cook and onion and squeeze out the juice. Use it as eardrops. Works wonders and stopped my son from having surgery on his ears to insert tubes.


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States Author

That sounds amazing catgypsy, I will have to try it. Thank you for stopping by :)


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States Author

Thanks juicingforhealth for stopping by. That sounds like an amazing home remedy, thank you for sharing that useful information. Happy to hear it prevented the need for surgery.


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lucybell21 4 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

I love garlic, and use it all the time when I cook. Great hub!


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States Author

I can't get enough of the still either. Thank you for checking out this hub Lucybell :)


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NHKate 4 years ago from New England, USA and Florida (in winter)

I just joined here, and as I'm learning how to "hop" and what the pages are all about, I found your article about garlic. John and I grow garlic every year. This year, when we got home to New Hampshire, we found that most of our autumn plantings had not made it (there was no snow pack to help protect it, and we hadn't mulched enough). Fortunately, one row came in REALLY strong - and just the other day we pulled 38 absolutely gorgeous bulbs! Mmmm. Drying on the deck right now, and we will have it for most of the winter (well, some of it anyway since we need to save some for planting). :)


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States Author

That's excellent that you guys grow your own and will have it for the Winter. I would love to grow my own various herbs, fruits, and more, plan to someday. Thank you for stopping by NHKate, appreciate your comments :)


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NHKate 4 years ago from New England, USA and Florida (in winter)

You are welcome! :) Yeah, it's wonderful being able to grow it. It's actually REALLY easy - but the weather has to be right. We may not have a very long growing season in NH, but certain power foods grow very well - garlic and kale among them! :)


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nina64 4 years ago from chicago, Illinois

I love to use garlic in my cooking. It adds much flavor and aroma to my recipes. I sometimes combine garlic and onions to add to my gravies and sauces, what a great way to infuse garlic into your foods. My mom used garlic to help control her high blood pressure. And it worked!!!!! Great hub. Voted up.


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States Author

I'm glad you enjoy it as much as I do. I'm always using it on vegetables and other dishes. Thank you for your comments nina64 and for voting :)


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States Author

Good to know you are still able to grow some great stuff, this would be a lot of fun.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

I love garlic almost as much as onions! I know that's unusual, but both garlic and onions add so much good flavor to so many different foods. Garlic and onions are both fantastic antioxidants, which I learned in my nutrition class at the university. Fortunately I love them both, so it just gives me more reason to include them in my recipes whenever I can.

Excellent info here. Voted up, useful, and awesome! Will share!


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Peanutritious 3 years ago from Cheshire, UK

I love garlic and have it nearly every day! (probably why I'm single!) If I have a cold I make a strong garlic and onion soup and the cold is gone by the next day. It's wonderful stuff!


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Olde Cashmere 3 years ago from Michigan, United States Author

I have it nearly every day as well. That soup sounds really good especially for colds. Thank you Peanutritious for your comments :)


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

I love garlic! Garlic and onions and they're both antioxidants. Very informative hub. Voted up, BAUI, and sharing!


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Olde Cashmere 3 years ago from Michigan, United States Author

Happy to hear you are as interested in nutrition especially with these foods as I am Au fait. I appreciate your votes and for sharing, thank you so much :)


oceansider 3 years ago

Hello James, I like your article on garlic very much, especially since I am a garlic lover....& I didn't realize it helps to fight cancer, but I knew about it being good for blood pressure.....thanks for all of the information.

I hope you've been doing well....I imagine that where you live, it must be pretty cold right now!.....Are you getting any snow yet?....probably I would think.....Well, here in Cal., when it gets to 26 degrees over night, that is very cold....it's been around that temp. for a few nights....it's actually a record low temp. for my area.....Well you take care dear friend and try to stay warm!.....May God bless you & yours......Helen


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Olde Cashmere 3 years ago from Michigan, United States Author

How are you Helen? Thanks for reading this hub and I am thankful for your comments. Yeah the winters in Michigan aren't the friendliest, we've had our share for sure. I read about how California is having that weather and it is crazy. The weather patterns over the last decade or so are definitely getting stranger. Stay warm also and God bless you as well friend.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Garlic used for centuries fits in my daily meals easily, freshly eaten with my food is my best choice


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KenWu 3 years ago from Malaysia

Great advice! I didn't know that garlic has such benefits. Over my place here, the Chinese love to eat garlic (as enhance taste) with rice and other dishes.


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Olde Cashmere 3 years ago from Michigan, United States Author

Appreciate your comments and for reading KenWu. This has become a staple for me with many dishes.

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