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How Garlic Can Help You Be Healthier

Updated on September 14, 2009

A few years ago someone mentioned in passing that eating raw garlic will help fight the common cold. Feeling a major cold coming on, I psyched myself up and swallowed some with a bit of honey. Amazingly I felt much better the next morning. Even though it made me nauseous at the time, I pressed on and kept taking it; finally figuring out a way that wouldn't make me feel sick to my stomach. (Which for me means taking it after a meal with a full glass of water.) My husband and I have been "taking garlic" as we call it, ever since and rarely get very sick.

Over the years I have read many things on garlic and have discovered it to do many more wonderful things besides cure a cold. Garlic has natural antibiotic properties, which means you can fight off infections without heading to your doctor. Of course if you feel bad enough and the garlic isn't helping, head on in, but it is worth a shot before heading in. Garlic is helpful for bladder infections and fungal infections specifically. I find it the most helpful with viruses though. Garlic is a natural super immune booster and when I feel something starting, taking garlic and honey twice a day knocks it out in no time and I rarely have anything go full blown.

There has been plenty of research done on garlic's amazing abilities, besides my own experimentations. It has been shown to help prevent the cell damage that leads to many cancers. It also keeps your heart healthy by lowering blood pressure and preventing blood from clotting. That being said, if you have a blood disorder that causes your blood to not clot already, don't take a lot of garlic. Also, stop taking before surgery.

Garlic has the most health benefits if eaten raw. This can be hard to stomach, but try adding to your dishes at the very last minute before serving. Cooking with garlic is good for you too and in my mind, the more garlic a dish has the better. I take it raw when I am fighting an illness or trying to avoid picking up something from my kids. I put a dab of honey on a spoon, press the garlic onto it and cover with honey. I follow it with a glass of water. It has saved me from many miserable sick days and lots of trips to the doctor.


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      marygarrison 8 years ago

      Fleas, mosquitoes, you name it, they love me, or at least biting me. I started taking a garlic supplement about ten years ago. A friend had told me garlic would help boost my immune system, so I could stop my allergies from turning into a sinus infection. Guess what else I experienced after a few days of taking the garlic supplement? A whole lot less bug bites. I’ve shared the good news with others who listen with skepticism. Regardless, it’s true, and I will continue to take a garlic supplement, in addition to using garlic cloves in my meal preparations, from one garlic lover to another, thanks for the informative article!

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      enlightenedpsych2 8 years ago from n.e. portion of U.S. on Planet earth

      Garlic has an extraordinary property within its husk and meat that boosts the immune system. Whatever resistance you have it increases it by 50% because of pure antioxidating agents. It neutralizes germs the way bacterium might thrive when encouraged to live or not. In this case, the garlic boosts foreign material protectors in a hystamine and/or neuroepinephrine reaction causing the breakdown of the common cold germ itself.

      Thanks for a great hub and have a great day!

      sharing the light,

      epinioner on odorless garlic benefits

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      Emer 8 years ago

      I always make sure to eat a clove or two of raw garlic whenever I feel a cold or flu coming on. My mother was a great advocate of it and she has passed on the habit to me. She would mix it with a little milk and salt and pepper and found this made it a little more bareable. She always told me to chew it because that gave the greatest flu-fighting benefits and I find this easier to do if I take it at the same time as some cheese. I began to eat it more and more regularly and incorporate it more into my cooking when I noticed that I was getting ill far less than before. Thanks for the list of benefits- I feel the odour I sometimes carry is more worth it now! :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Yes my aunt eats raw garlic for health benefits. I drink garlic in a tablet form by Nutrilite. It's pretty good. :)

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      norah73 8 years ago from San Manuel, AZ

      I'm going to try it! It is a good thing I work alone huh? Great hub!

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      Anshuman-Sahni 8 years ago from India

      Hi jennifer, thanks for sharing this useful information. In India, Garlic is used as an ingredient in almost all dishes. It is very useful for health.

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      wesleycox 8 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      I have also heard that garlic increases your libido too. I usually eat garlic powder on chili and such. I may work up the courage to eat some raw.

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      TheLesleyShow 8 years ago from US

      I knew someone at work who took garlic everyday and he never ever got sick. Not a cold, no flu, nothing. It was crazy. He swore it was because of the garlic. Great hub.

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      benny Faye Douglass 8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you for the onderful cures of garlic. creativeone59