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Health Benefits of Garlic for You and Me

Updated on June 19, 2013
Are you getting enough garlic in your diet?
Are you getting enough garlic in your diet?

Garlic is the one spice I often use in cooking. I can do away without onions and chili; but I can hardly cook without my not-so-secret ingredient, garlic.

Some people abhor garlic because of its stench. When cooked however, they leave only a faint odor if any, in the mouth. That works for me. Plus, there is always the mouthwash, in case you really can’t handle the smell.

I enjoy garlic because it adds flavor in any dish. It also gives a distinct fragrance to a dish that makes it even more appetizing.

The health benefits of garlic is of course, reason enough to have them. Garlic, while it is very useful in the kitchen; possess therapeutic and medicinal powers. This spice is even believed to ward off witches in the olden times. Remember those stories?

Benefits of garlic

The nutritional benefits of garlic include:

  • Proteins
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B
  • Vitamn B2
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C
  • Sulfur element called allicin

Its allicin compound is released when a garlic is bruised. When we chop or dice the garlic, it becomes more potent. If used as a medicine, garlic should first be cracked so it becomes more effective. Allicin boosts our defense system. It helps cure common diseases like colds, coughs and flu; as well as allergy attacks. Its antioxidant property makes it a cancer-fighting agent, too.

This sulfur compound is stronger when garlic is eaten raw. This however, is a challenge to many (given the foul odor it leaves on our mouth). In this case, drinking lime juice after chewing raw garlic may bring some relief. In my case, I just cook them. After crushing, I leave them for a few minutes before cooking. And, I don’t cook them all the way to retain as much nutrients as I can.

  • Calcium
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • Manganese

Cook with garlic every single day

Garlic promotes our cardiovascular and digestive health. It helps regulate our blood sugar level and cholesterol level. If you are fond of eating garlic, like me, you lower the risks of having heart ailments or artery clogs.

Garlic also provides benefits to our respiratory health. Garlic serves as nature’s own expectorant as it aids relief on asthma and chronic bronchitis.

Benefits of garlic minus the odor

To those who would like to get the benefits of garlic without the odor, there are always garlic supplements are sold online and off the counter. These tablets/capsules have the same effects of the sulfur compound but without the stench.

Still for me, nothing beats the natural kind.

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    • beingwell profile image

      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks, peggy! Me, too actually. I don't believe I can use too much of it.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We use a lot of garlic in our cooking and love the flavor. The health benefits are an extra bonus! Up and useful votes.

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      That's right urmi! I love putting garlic when my cook... always!

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Garlic has great health benefit, I take it on a regular basis. Useful information, voted up!

    • beingwell profile image

      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Hahah! I didn't know about that on SE US. Thanks for dropping by, rebecca!

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      What a cool photo of the garlic bulbs, and great info as well. I actually like the smell of garlic! I give it to my dogs. It's supposed to repel fleas. I think it works somewhat. I live in the South east (US) where fleas rule!

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Good for you clason!

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks for the comment MOL. You're a lucky fella'.

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      myownlife 5 years ago from london

      Yes, Great it benefit every one.

      Even my wife does so.