Health benefits

  1. Prevents and treats common cold
    Packed with antioxidants, a daily dose of garlic in your recipes could benefit your immune system.
  2. Reduce blood pressure
    Human studies have found garlic supplementation to have a significant impact on reducing blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.
  3. Promotes weight control
    Allicin is the most potent substance found in garlic and this has been shown to not only lower blood pressure, insulin and triglyceride levels in laboratory animals fed a sugar rich diet, but also to prevent weight gain.
  4. Improve bone health
    Garlic is really high in manganese, which contains enzymes and antioxidants that facilitates the formation of bones and connective tissues, bone metabolism, and calcium absorption.
  5. Detoxify heavy metals in the body
    At high doses, the sulfur compounds in garlic have been shown to protect against organ damage from heavy metal toxicity.
  6. Cures toothache
    Garlic is also effective in reducing toothache, thanks to its antibacterial and analgesic properties. Simply put some garlic oil or a piece of crushed garlic clove directly onto the affected tooth and surrounding gum for instant relief. Keep in mind that garlic can be irritating to the gums.

Nutrient details

Garlic, raw
6 cloves
18 grams

Calories: 27
GI: low
Nutrient Amount DRI/DV (%) Nutrient Density World’s Healthiest Foods Rating
manganese 0.30 mg 15 10.1 excellent
vitamin B6 0.22 mg 13 8.7 excellent
vitamin C 5.62 mg 7 5 very good
copper 0.05 mg 6 3.7 very good
selenium 2.56 mcg 5 3.1 good
phosphorus 27.54 mg 4 2.6 good
vitamin B1 0.04 mg 3 2.2 good
calcium 32.58 mg 3 2.2 good

Daily recommended intake for adults:
2 to 5 g of fresh raw garlic;
0.4 to 1.2 g of dried garlic powder;
2 to 5 mg garlic oil;
300 to 1,000 mg of garlic extract (as solid material).
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When to avoid

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Garlic is LIKELY SAFE to use during pregnancy when taken in the amounts normally found in food. Garlic is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when used in medicinal amounts during pregnancy and when breast-feeding. There is not enough reliable information about the safety of applying garlic to the skin if you are pregnant or breast feeding.

Stomach or digestion problems: Garlic can irritate the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Use with caution if you have stomach or digestion problems.


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