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Garlic Benefits

Updated on March 27, 2015
garlic benefits come from this small bulb
garlic benefits come from this small bulb | Source

Garlic Benefits Make This Herb a Powerful Medicine

If you really care about your health you should read this garlic benefits guide. You'll learn why is garlic considered less a food and more a medicine but also how you can include it into your regular diet WITHOUT suffering from its strong and for many people unpleasant taste and scent.

Besides its health benefits there are few more of a different kind, quite forgotten in these modern days. When you learn about them I'm sure you'll put garlic to your next grocery shopping list.

Enjoy your reading and stay healthy.

Those who read my articles know I like to make things simple for my readers. Same goes for this page - easy to learn and easy to apply.

I've listed garlic benefits in a way that everyone can see how easy and smart it is to use them on daily bases.

So, here we go...

Garlic Benefits for Your Blood Vessels and Heart

By lowering the level of triglycerides in your blood, garlic indirectly lowers the level of bad cholesterol (LDL) and increases the level of good cholesterol (HDL). By preventing the bad cholesterol from accumulating in blood vessels, garlic helps in avoiding serious cardiovascular conditions such as angina (chest pain caused by lack of oxygen in the heart), atherosclerosis (condition in which there already is a cholesterol lining in blood vessels) and the worst one - heart attack. This is by far one of the most important of all garlic benefits.

Health Comes From Your Kitchen

I use garlic almost every day but it amazes me how much I still don't know garlic benefits. If you have your own garden you might learn more about growing garlic and once it grows you might find yourself missing good recipes to try it and enjoy it's benefits. This is a great book to start with.

garlic bulb gives you endless garlic benefits
garlic bulb gives you endless garlic benefits | Source

I Would Never Use Any Other Garlic Press But This One

Ikea 000.891.63 Koncis Garlic Press, Stainless Steel
Ikea 000.891.63 Koncis Garlic Press, Stainless Steel

No rubber and plastic parts that break or deteriorate fast, simple handles just under the right angle. Even dishwasher safe. I simply love it.

Definitely a good choice.

 

Not Every Garlic Press Is a Good One

I find most of garlic presses on the market today not good enough but when I first started cooking I simply didn't know.

It took me months of searching and buying the wrong ones to finally find this one. Guess what - it's perfect :)

Garlic Benefits Against Microbes

Bacteria, Fungus and Viruses

Garlic is a powerful weapon against microbes, due to its anti-parasitic and anti-septic properties. It's also often referred to as a natural antibiotic. For example, it's the oldest trick in the book for treating diarrhea, as it effectively kills the virus that causes it and helps you get better much sooner than by being on some strict diets. Another good example is flue infection. Did you know that people who often consume garlic, rarely (or never) have flu?

Active substance responsible for such efficiency is allicin - chemical compound found only in a raw garlic. In other words, allicin is destroyed by cooking. So, to benefit from allicin, slice or squeeze fresh garlic and ad it to salads, or simply sprinkle it over some meet or fish right before serving it.

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Lower Blood Pressure Fast

Garlic is excellent and safe method of lowering high blood pressure.

If you use garlic regularly and keep your both cholesterol's levels under control, your blood pressure will benefit as well. In other words, the lower the fat level in your blood vessels, the lower the risk of high blood pressure. This is how garlic impacts your blood pressure indirectly, by managing your cholesterol first.

At the same time, there's a direct impact as well and it comes down to the very essence of garlic as a herb. You see, there's this great substance called garlic sulphides which (by causing specific chemical reactions) relaxes blood vessels and therefore directly improve the blood circulation. How about that for garlic benefits?!

Warning: Garlic will hopefully become a part of the so called conventional medicine some day. Until it does however, it can not be the substitute for the medical therapy of chronic hypertension patients, but only a valuable assistant.

Garlic Supplements

If you don't like raw garlic and wish to avoid the odor then tablets, oil or capsules are great types of daily garlic supplements.

On the right is one of the best products on the market.

Fight Garden Pests Naturally

Garlic Benefits For Your Garden

If Great for Humans, Why not for Plants?

As a strong natural repellent, garlic can be used in your garden as a very successful insecticide and fungicide. Organic gardeners have been using garlic to fight aphids for ages and today it's not news anymore that garlic is great against ants, caterpillars, spider mites, white flies and snails.

The oldest method of using garlic in helping your plants fight pest and parasites is so called companion planting. You simply plant garlic bulb near your roses for example, or any other flower or vegetable you'd like to protect. For the best results one must of course know the specifics of each plant i.e. be a good eco gardener. For instance, garlic helps potatoes, tomatoes and broccoli, but chamomile helps garlic (improve its taste). Besides planting garlic itself, you can use different kinds of garlic based products for taking a good care of your garden (or just a lawn for that matter).

Note: Some herbs like parsley, peas and beans don't like garlic and wouldn't benefit from companion planting, so if you're an amateur when it comes to organic gardening, I suggest you consult the expert or a proper literature.

Springtime Bug Off Garlic Chewables for Dogs - 180 ct. - A Safe and Effective All Natural Insect Repellent that Provides a 24-Hour Shield Against Fleas, Ticks, Flies, Mosquitoes
Springtime Bug Off Garlic Chewables for Dogs - 180 ct. - A Safe and Effective All Natural Insect Repellent that Provides a 24-Hour Shield Against Fleas, Ticks, Flies, Mosquitoes

These will save your dog from ticks, flies, ticks, mosquitoes, you name it. If your dog has some allergy issues this is just the immunity booster he needs.

Simply mix it with your dog's food and help him be safe and healthy. As simple as that.

 

Garlic for Dogs

I Bet You Didn't Know This One :)

My sister had a beautiful big dog, a mongrel that looked a lot like Rottweiler. He was bitten by a tick twice, in spite of his tick collar. First time his vet helped him, although the therapy was long. Second time Nero wasn't that lucky. Today my sister wishes she knew about the trick with garlic back then. It's rather simple: peel the garlic, mash it (of slice it thin) and ad it into the dog's meal. Besides keeping ticks away from your dog, due to its anti-parasitic properties garlic will keep your dog's digestion system healthy too.

Note: As with other alternative medicine issues, this one is taken differently by vets, so you better check with your vet rather than doing anything on your own. Daily dosage of garlic for an adult dog varies from one clove of fresh garlic per 10 to 30 pounds of dog's weight.

Were You Aware of All These Garlic Benefits? Do You Use Them?

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      Tamara Kajari 2 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      You're welcome! Glad to help :) Thank you for visiting.

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      RaintreeAnnie 2 years ago from UK

      I was aware of many of these but I will bear in mind the gardening tips you gave. Hoping to grow our own garlic at some point and they are useful tips for what to plant it with. Thank you

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      YogaKat 3 years ago from Oahu Hawaii

      Great gardening tips . . . I will look into adding them to my garden. Chinese rose beetles discovered my roses a few years ago and it is a constant battle.

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      Love eating garlic all the time. I love eating them fried with peanuts.

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      anna-may-31 3 years ago

      @tonyleather: How do you grow garlic love it but never grown

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      Tamara Kajari 3 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      @TapIn2U: Thank you, I'm glad you like it :) Yes, a miraculous little herb ha?

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      TapIn2U 3 years ago

      Love garlic! They strengthen the immune system and help fight chest infections. Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      Danny Gibson 3 years ago from Northampton

      Yes. And let's not forget that garlic keeps those pesky vampires away; they hate the stuff.

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      IanTease 3 years ago

      I hadn't realised that garlic was so healthy as well as delicious. Great lens

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      Tamara Kajari 3 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      @LouisaDembul: Healthy eating you have there going, ha? :) Good luck with your roses too!

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      LouisaDembul 3 years ago

      I love garlic, and use it every day. Had not thought of planting it with my roses, will do it as soon as spring comes!

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      I think garlic - which I grow lots of on my allotment - is the most fantastic foodstuff and I use it every day!

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      Garlic to fight pests on plants was news to me. You have done very good research of this wonder called Garlic.

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      Colin323 4 years ago

      Garlic and honey mixed and applied to wounds and burns is soothing and facilitates healing (Roman Army treatment)

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      momsfunny 5 years ago

      I wasn't aware that it was also beneficial for pets, I've got to try that one. I like garlic and have no problems with them.

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      RetroMom 5 years ago

      I am aware that garlic is good for lowering down your blood pressure.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      From where I come, garlic is revered for its medicinal properties. In my cooking, there is no dish without garlic or ginger! Enjoyed the highlight!

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      RaintreeAnnie 5 years ago from UK

      Very interesting and useful page. I was aware of many but not all of garlics uses. We use garlic in cooking quite a bit

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We use garlic every day in our meals, my husband is Italian, and I can't digest onions well so we only use garlic, it's a great thing with olive oil and balsamic vinegar which we have on our salad every day.

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      moonlitta 5 years ago

      I'll link back to my own garlic lens (it would probably be good for your page:)

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      As a child my gradmother would make me a poultice made from garlic that I would wear at bedtime. I have known about some of the medicinal properties of garlic but your lens is comprehensive.

      When I take garlic now, I use the capsule dosage. Excellent lens!

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      Nathalie Roy 5 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Yes I was aware of most of these garlic benefits, still many people don't know about these. I used twice garlic against warts and it works great.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Didn't know many of the things I found here. Great article!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am aware of most of the benefits of garlic but i did not know that one can use it in the garden and for a dog

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      whiteskyline lm 6 years ago

      Great info, I love that about garlic! And it tastes so good too!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very nice. I'm lensrolling this to my "When Garlic Was God" lens.

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      marckq 6 years ago

      thanks for this lens, from me and my mom!

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      I love to use garlic in very many dishes. Very nice lens.

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      sugunalinus 6 years ago

      Garlic really is very good for health. I have learned more from your lens about garlic. I would recommend to my family members and friends too.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Mangia! Garlic will keep you healthy.

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      Jhangora LM 6 years ago

      Garlic is indeed very beneficial for our health. Too bad my father, who has suffered 3 cardiac arrests, stopped eating garlic a few years back coz of his religious beliefs.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      So wonderful and useful lens .. dear lovely Tamara :) I really love all your tips, especially the tip about garlic and dog. I've never known about it before. 5 stars for you. Have wonderful times .. dear lovely lady :)