8 hidden health benefits of garlic

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food”. These are famous words from the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates,

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food”.

These are famous words from the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine. He was a firm believer in the use of garlic for treating variety of medical conditions.

And it’s good news for us in modern society: researchers have confirmed many of these benefits.

Here are 8 proven health benefits of garlic:

1. It’s low in calories

Garlic contains calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, iron and Vitamin B1, but just 42 calories, making it a nutritious addition to soups and dishes.

2. It can cure sickness and the common cold

Most of us know garlic is known to boost the function of the immune system but did you know a recent study found that a daily garlic supplement reduced the number of colds by 63 per cent compared with placebo?

If you often get colds, then adding garlic to your diet could help reduce symptoms quickly.

3. It can reduce blood pressure

Cardiovascular disease is the biggest killer in the world, so we should be doing whatever we can to lower our risk.

Studies have found garlic supplementation has a significant impact on reducing blood pressure in people who have hypertension.

The amount of allicin needed is equivalent to about four cloves of garlic per day.

4. It’s great for your brain and could reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s

Garlic contains antioxidants that support the body’s protective mechanisms against damage to the brain, and high doses of garlic have been shown to increase antioxidant levels.

5. Garlic could improve your bone health

Studies have shown that it can minimise bone loss by increasing oestrogen in females. One study in menopausal women found that a daily dose of dry garlic extract significantly decreased oestrogen deficiency.

6. It can relieve thyroid conditions

Garlic contains high levels of iodine which makes it a very effective treatment for hyperthyroid sufferers.

7. Gets rid of fungal and bacterial infections

When crushed or bruised, garlic releases allicin which is a sulphuric compound that is a natural antibiotic. If you decide to take garlic in tablet form be sure to use powdered capsules.

8. Grow beautiful hair

Garlic could end your hair loss problems because of its high levels of allicin. It sounds unusual but rubbing sliced cloves of garlic on your scalp can be beneficial for strengthening hair.


Share your thoughts below.

  1. I like garlic but I have noticed that it does not seem to be as strong as the Garlic we bought when I was younger , or perhaps my taste buds are dying with old age 🙂

  2. Love garlic and onions, but unfortunately my husband can’t eat it, so I have to cook without both😏

    • Huh ??? Why don’t you just cook it for yourself, my wife and I eat different meals all the time, you have to eat so you may as well enjoy things you like.

    • Nah, can’t be bothered making different meals. I don’t have a problem with it! Sometimes if I’m hanging out for something he can’t eat, I do make myself a different meal, but most of the time I eat what he can eat. He also can’t eat rice, pasta, lamb, the list goes on! 😏

    • Peta, my husband has Fructose Malabsorption, so garlic and onion are out! I’m now using the garlic and onion diffused oils. They are quite strong, so droplet at a time, to your taste. Has made cooking so much more enjoyable.

    • Thanks, might try it.
      He has IBS and just can’t tolerate onions & garlic, mainly cooked onion. He seems to be ok with a very small amount of raw onion, but it’s easier just to not use it.

    • Fructose mals can use green shallot tops, no white. Chives seem to be on the good list now, when we first went down this path, they were on the bad list. He misses apples badly. Dining out can be tricky, but if we stick to basic meals, it’s okay.

  3. Wowsers! Rubbing garlic into the scalp for hair strength issues?
    That’s a bit interesting….might help …might also help to scatter friends and people in your immediate vicinity.

  4. I love garlic soaked in brown vinegar with birds eye chillis, then sprinkled on a barbecue steak.. ☺

  5. There is no proven cure for the common cold and as much as garlic contains healthy elements and tastes good, I’m sure someone will tell us not to consume too much for one reason or another. Hippocrates didn’t have the knowledge we have today.

  6. Joan Marshall  

    I use garlic in most dishes that I cook. Yes it is cure all !!

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