What is Garlic good for? Lower Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and Immune System

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What is Garlic Good For?

Garlic and the health benefits you can achieve may be more than you may think.What is garlic good for

A lot of people think Garlic is very smelly and does not taste too good. But this vegetable bulb has been around for more than 5,000 years and revered by many throughout the ages.

I remember when I  dated my first husband who came from Malta, his family ate garlic all the time and I did think it smelled. His mother cooked everything with Garlic so I was introduced to it the first time I went there for dinner. Once I started eating it I never noticed the smell after that. Remember also Garlic does not have any calories!!

Once I started eating it I never  noticed the smell after that.  I, of course had come from a family who did not use garlic at all.  I quickly learned what a great taste it made to the different foods and sauces. Now I use it in everything and sometimes I eat it raw.

Garlic has also been a source for good and evil, warding off vampires to name one  🙂

Garlic is also known as one of nature’s anti biotics due to the compound Allicin, so why is it good for you?

    • Known to boost immune system
    • Lower Blood Pressure
    • Lower total and LDL cholesterol
    • Contains antioxidant which can help with brain disease
    • Reduces fatigue – used in ancient times to increase productivityWhat is garlic good for
    • Detoxifies Heavy metal in the body
    • Aids bone health
    • Helps with the common cold
    • Lower risk of heart disease

These are just a few of the great things Garlic can help you with.

Proven studies have been done for many years on this bulb.  The best way to achieve the results is to eat the garlic raw or crush it into your favorite recipe.  If it is not crushed it does not release all the great properties needed for all those wonderful health benefits. If you do not like to eat garlic then there are supplements out there you can take instead and they do not taste or leave a smell on your breath of garlic.  I like the Kyolic and take it on a regular basis along with eating garlic with every meal.

The minimum amount of garlic for health benefits is one clove with meals 2 or 3 times a day.   Please note if you have any bleeding disorders to consult your health practitioner before taking additional amounts of garlic.

There is also a bulb called black garlic it sort of looks like garlic gone bad so not Black Garlicpleasant to look at.  It is normal garlic which has been aged until it turns black. Black garlic is being used by many chefs as a way to really get some different flavors to their menus.  Black garlic is also more expensive to buy.

  • How do you like your garlic?
  •  Do you eat it raw?
  • What benefits do you think you are getting from taking it?.

Please leave comments and questions I would love to hear from you.  Also if you liked this post please share with others, thanks


Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, Meridian Energy Therapies including Emotional Freedom Techniques,

Hypnotherapist and Author of several books.

Based in Florida Helen helps people locally and all over the world overcome their life challenges and eliminate their emotional baggage.



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36 Comments

  1. Cori @ Sweet Coralice

    This was a great post 🙂 I LOVE garlic!!! I add it in the majority of my recipes. Good to know it’s helping with my cholesterol, lol. I just did a post on Roasting Garlic last week, too.

    Reply
    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      It is a great herb with so many benefits. Like you I also LOVE garlic.

      Reply
  2. Melani

    I just knew that garlic can detoxify heavy metals in our body
    I like eating garlic especially fried garlic. I tend to suffer from high pressure blood. Do you know how is the best way to eat garlic?

    Reply
    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      The best way to eat it is to crush it so you get all the nutrients from it, raw or cooked. Garlic is such a great herb.

      Reply
  3. Anika

    My father-in-law was a firm believer in the benefits of garlic after his first stroke. He took it in the form of garlic tablets. I have several customers who buy pickled garlic (homemade by me) from me because they appreciate the taste and health benefits. I haven’t tried it in any form other than cooking, and I certainly use it liberally in most things I cook. Thanks for your very informative article about its health benefits.

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Glad your father in law found great benefits from the garlic. It is such a used herb for cooking but nobody really knows how good it is for you when used on a regular basis. Thanks for your input.

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  4. Bibian Okoye

    Garlic is small but mighty bulb. I use garlic in my drink every morning to lower my blood pressure. It works well with me because even now I am ok and I don’t take any medication and my blood pressure never gets worse. Thanks for you great article

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      I love to hear how people use natural products to overcome conditions rather than go for the medication all the time. Thanks for sharing.

      Reply
  5. Ashley Griffin

    Mmmm I love garlic! It’s great to know it’s benefiting me. I once was sick and drank some garlic tea…wonderful! People think I’m crazy when I tell them that lol. Oh, but the tea did help me to feel better 🙂

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    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Glad you tried it out, it is such a great herb and has lots of good healthy benefits.

      Reply
  6. Alex Chong

    Hi Helen,
    I love garlic. I really do not mind the smell… in fact I thought it smells simply delicious. In my favorite Japanese ramen restaurant, they provide raw garlic to enhance the taste of your ramen soup. So you crush it with this “garlic crusher” tool and then scrape it into your bowl of ramen. The taste is sooooo good. Gosh…my mouth is watering at the thought of it.

    Anyway, I am into fish keeping and I have read somewhere that garlic can be used to treat parasites in fish. Apparently you crush the garlic and mix it with the fish food. Interesting eh?

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    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Interesting did not know that about the fish. I love crushed raw garlic also it is sooooo good for you.

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  7. Care Calm health blog

    I liked this article a lot. More specifically that it is written about garlic that I really love in my food. There are a lot of home remedies as well that revolves around garlic so it’s something that everyone should have in their kitchen.

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    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Never without garlic in my house, I put it in nearly everything LOL something else that is natural and good for you.

      Reply
  8. Todd

    I Love Garlic and the health benefits, thanks for laying it out so well. I have always found it to be very effective vs the common cold as well. Natures Antibiotic.

    Great information. I will certainly share and bookmark.

    thanks

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    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Garlic is one of those that are overlooked as people think the smell is overpowering. Eating parsley helps with getting rid of the smell.

      Reply
  9. Antonio

    Hi Helen,
    Thanks for the informative article. Being Portugeuse, cooking with garlic is almost second nature, now I know there are more benefits to using garlic than just for the taste! 🙂
    I have book-marked this site for future reference.
    Thank you!

    Antonio

    Reply
    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Thank you so much. I appreciate your comments.

      Reply
  10. Shaun

    This was a very informative post! I didn’t realize that garlic had so many benefits! Thank you for providing this.

    Reply
    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Thank you, happy to know you liked it.

      Reply
  11. Kathleen Carroll

    Thank you for sharing i am having some issue with high blood pressure i am going to try to eat more garlic

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Excellent idea, thank you for your comments.

      Reply
  12. Dave

    Hi Helen,
    I really enjoy cooking with garlic and knew some of the health benefits but didn’t realize there were so many. A very interesting article, will share this with others. Thanks

    Reply
    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Thank you Dave and thank you for sharing.

      Reply
  13. Adrian

    This is a very good article on garlic, I’ve always liked garlic as I think it’s very good for your health. You really set out the benefits of it well.

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Thank you I appreciate your comments and it is very good for your health.

      Reply
  14. Ange

    I really enjoyed this article. It is so important for people to know the benefit of natural foods. I use garlic in a lot of my dishes as well.

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Glad you enjoyed it. Garlic is great 🙂

      Reply
  15. Wendy

    I use garlic in everything. I believe it is very healing and also great for blood pressure. Last week my bp was 106 over 70, not bad at all. So yes, I’m a believer in garlic. Thanks for sharing this post!

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Thank you I am so glad that it is working for you. I see amazing results with myself and my clients. Stay healthy.

      Reply
  16. June

    My dad has high blood pressure, so garlic would be good for him to lower his blood pressure. But pure garlic taste way too strong. This product would be a great supplement for my dad. Thanks for sharing, Helen!

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      You are so welcome, it is a great supplement.

      Reply
  17. Louise Heuer

    Hi Helen,
    I am a big fan of Garlic from childhood. When I was pregnant with my son, I could not handle the taste of it. My son is now almost 4 and will not eat anything with garlic in it. So very strange. I do still cook with garlic but in very small amounts and not every day. My love for garllic is still very much there. Love your site. Go well
    Louise

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Thanks for the comments, glad to see you are getting at least some garlic.

      Reply
  18. Steve

    This info is fantastic…I suffer from everything in your title (and a bit more) and garlic has been the best natural medication over everything else I have to do to keep my blood pressure and cholesterol down!
    Thanks for a very well presented and informative post…

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Thank you for your comments, I am so glad Garlic is helping you too.

      Reply

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