Garlic Health Benefits – Why You Should Eat Raw Garlic Daily

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Garlic is a vegetable and is a species of the onion genus. Garlic is often used to add flavor to recipes and dishes. However, garlic can also be used as a medicine to prevent or treat a wide range of aliments and diseases.

Garlic cloves contain many vital nutrients including vitamins, amino acids, and enzymes. Garlic contains sulfur compounds from the amino acid allicin, which is most noted for producing garlic’s powerful odor.

Why you should eat garlic raw:

When the garlic is cooked this prohibits the garlic’s ability to make allicin. Allicin is one of the primary components of garlic that gives it its health benefits, including the ability to prevent cancer. Allicin is produced in garlic when the garlic enzyme alliinase is cut or chewed. However, when the garlic is cooked alliinase is then inactivated which causes allicin to not be produced.

Before consuming the garlic it is best to allow the cut or crushed garlic to be exposed to the air for at least 5 to 10 minutes in order for the compounds to become fully activated.

How do you incorporate garlic into your daily diet?

There’s two options:

1. Add the garlic to your meal or add it to a green juice or smoothie.
2. Cut a clove of garlic into small pieces and swallow the small pieces one at a time. (with a meal)

10 Reasons Why you should eat garlic daily:

1. Garlic Contains a High Amount of Antioxidants – The antioxidants destroy free radicals and reduce overall oxidative stress. Free radicals can damage DNA and cell membranes. High levels of oxidative stress have been associated with many diseases and conditions. Antioxidants are also beneficial for preventing types of cancer.

2. Garlic Lowers Your Cholesterol- A study found that the consumption of garlic reduced cholesterol by 9 to 12 percent. Reductions were noted in LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides.

3. Garlic is Antibacterial- Garlic acts as a natural antibiotic. It is able to eliminate harmful bacteria but does not kill off healthy bacteria as chemical antibiotics do.

4. Garlic is Anti-fungal- Garlic’s Allicin is also responsible for destroying fungi. Many use garlic as a means of eliminating fungal infections.

5. Garlic Thins the Blood- Garlic consumption has been shown to thin the blood which can aid in preventing heart disease, the formation of blood clots, heart attacks and stroke.

6. Garlic Boosts Your Immune System- Garlic has strong antiviral properties. To many in Russia, garlic was known as “Russian Penicillin” due to its abilities to effectively treat infections. A study found that garlic is effective at preventing and treating the common cold. It found that those who consumed garlic had significantly fewer colds and the length of their cold was shortened compared to those who did not eat garlic.

7. Garlic Lowers Risk of Atherosclerosis: Studies suggest that garlic may prevent blood clots and destroy plaque which contribute to the development of atherosclerosis.

8. Garlic Lowers Your Blood Pressure- Garlic has been used in China for many years as blood pressure medication. Additionally, the Japanese government officially recognized garlic as a blood-pressure depressor.

9. Garlic Helps Your Joints- A study found that those who eat high amounts of garlic were less likely to have osteoarthritis.

10.Garlic Prevents Cancer- Increased intake of garlic has been found to be associated with the reduced risk of certain cancers. This includes cancers of the stomach, colon, esophagus, pancreas, and breast.





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  1. says

    I use garlic in the raw way more often than I use it cooked, and I definitely think it’s a contributing factor to me not getting a cold for over three years now. All of the reasons on your list sound good except #2. Why would you want to lower your cholesterol? Low cholesterol is associated with depression and violent behavior and does not prevent against heart disease. I think by “lower your cholesterol” it’s just a sign that garlic boosts your overall health, and thus your body does not need as much cholesterol to heal. You can replace #2 with “It tastes good!” :)

      • Joseph says

        LDL and HDL are lipoproteins, not types of cholesterol. They carry cholesterol molecules to/from arteries since cholesterol doesn’t have the ability to do it by itself. There’s a fine line when it comes to understanding cholesterol levels, triglycerides, etc. The “good” vs “bad” terms are not completely understood by most people…we all just need to do our own research. I agree with Sita’s comment above, it improves overall health and can have positive affects on blood chemistry. All of nature’s food for humans have positive health and healing benefits except when we try to “help” or “improve” them by messing with the genetics, dumping chemicals on them, etc.

        • Anonymous says

          Hi, I started eating 1 clove of garlic daily. Well actually swallowing it. Do I still get all the benefits if I swallow whole without crushing it?

          • Borowski says

            Hi, You have to crush it. Your body will pass the entire clove if you just swallow it. Purchase a good Garlic crusher. Crush the garlic and let sit for 3-5 minutes. You will see it takes on a yellow oil color. Take it with food and use water to wash it down. Don’t eat anything with sugar after taking it because you will get gas from the sugar / garlic combo. Another good way to consume is to juice it with veggies. Be careful not to take to much. You can get sick and throw it up then you will be scarred for life-very nasty. Garlic wakes up all the small arteries in your body, the ones that normally narrow as we age hence better circulation in the body. Combine garlic juice with a good aerobic exercise and you will feel the Garlic High-Amazing! If your a women, it will stabilize you yeast levels in your body Etc. There are over 20 reasons to take Raw Garlic every day. It is an amazing natural medicine. Wheat Grass Juice is another amazing natural medicine to investigate. Hi Lori, Love your Website. :-)

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      Great! I would love to share it on Thursday at Tasty Traditions, about what time do you put up the linky?

    • Schwing Lo Wang says

      You should take it raw twice a day. Start off small (one clove), then work your way up to three cloves per day. Cambodian elites consume the best raw garlic, leaving the mildewed remains for the peasants (much like medieval lords left the servants the dregs from the wine caskets, known to cause mental disturbances, including hallucinations – some historians (feminists sociobiologists mostly) contend that it was from drinking the dregs after nobles had major parties that many peasants had hallucinations about witches; in America, such contentions are held too, although not be lesbians but by respectable historians with out a homosexual axe to grind; moreover, they contend that the culprit was bread molds – sorry to ramble: I guess the basic message is: stay away from cheap garlic, don’t drink the dregs, and for the love of God, if bread is moldy, through it out!)

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  3. Alana Kohi says

    To the people who eat raw garlic daily, did you start to smell like garlic ? Like people who tend to eat a lot of the same foods, you can notice a smell!

        • Lori, Health Extremist says

          I do both, but when I swallow a piece, I cut the clove into 4 sections so they are not so big.

        • Borowski says

          Lori, I would only recommend to crush with Garlic press, let sit for 5 min to activate the Allicin and then spoon it down with water. I take it during meals. For those who think it is good to take before an operation I would think again. It may prohibit blood clotting which is important when Surgeons are trying to stop Bleeding from an invasive incision. Garlic is a really good supplement for Women with yeast infection issues because it fights / kills all types of bad yeast. Garlic in my opinion is a hardcore supplement and people who take it raw are health fanatics and this is a good thing. Love and Peace!

      • clementine says

        I eat raw garlic at bed time two loafs
        I notice that it cause proper digestion and treats other diseases

    • says

      i eat lots of garlic and never noticed anything, but i mean, take showers daily, use perfume and bodyspray, etc. this is stuff every girl (or cologne if you’re a guy!) should be doing anyway and even if one had a bit of a garlic scent, i would think this would remove it or mask it.

      it is interesting, though, that food DOES permeate through our bodies. we just often do not notice the smell because other people in our society eat very similar diets. if you ever meet an indian they will very likely smell heavily of curry powder and you may find that smell either pleasant or off putting, however, ask a lot of indians and they will tell you white americans smell like dairy products, i have been told by my indian friend that many americans have a “cheesy” smell from his perspective, but that it goes away as you get used to being around people with different diets.

      i would think a garlic odor would go unnoticed unless someone ate ridiculous amounts of the stuff, this is because dishes prepared with garlic are very very common in america and most western countries, most people probably don’t realize how much garlic they consume whenever they eat italian style cooking and i know tons of people who will practically dump the entire container of garlic powder on their pizza or spaghetti. my guess is we all have a garlic smell ;)

      also, this stuff is addicting as heck. first time i ate a whole clove raw, i got a huge energy boost and could actually feel my blood flowing stronger, i was really amped up for a few hours. i also enjoyed the spicy burn from eating the garlic raw. i am now up to 3 large cloves per day, completely raw and with nothing else. if you want to avoid garlic breath, do a “shot” and just swallow minced garlic with a lot of water so you don’t need to chew it. if you have garlic breath and want to get rid of it, swish lemon juice in your mouth, it is sour, but it absolutely kills off the garlic odor.

  4. Cle says

    I love Garlic and onions but when eating it raw with food or without I don’t feel well in my stomach. Any suggestions?

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      The raw garlic can be quite powerful, I started out with a very small amount and worked my way up.

  5. says


    I love garlic too…am just 1.. I discovered the raw health benefits but its hard for me… I eat it with yogurt but still hard to get down.
    Started today with 2 raw garlic cloves.. Cooked with onions + meat awesome combo.
    Any tips…how much cloves a day? Since I heard it improves smoothness of joint health etc.
    Onions also should be eaten everyday

      • Tolunay says

        Thanks, Ive been experimenting lately with 1 a day.
        Will increase it to 2.. but I get heartburn if I just eat it straight away, tips to combine it with something?

        I eat it just 1-2hours before bed because it ruins your breath haha.. but eating it before bedtime doesnt have a effect on me next morning so :)

        • Lori, Health Extremist says

          I add mine to meals too, it makes it easier for me to get more into my diet. I usually add it to my salad or mix it into an avocado dip and it tastes great!

        • Anonymous says

          Try adding cut up pieces to plain yogurt. This also helps cut down on the burning sensation if you have that problem as well.

    • Liana says

      I buy garlic stuffed olives from a local deli. They are large so each olive has a whole clove. They are delicious. I dont know if being in the olive brine changes the garlic.

  6. austin says

    Garlic is extremely good, for those having heart burns.. i suggest you eat it along side with your meals i.e rice,salad,meat etc it will tend to reduce heart burns.. but i love it with beans :)
    if you care about the odor and the embarrasement, i suggest you take garlic just before bed time, the odor fizzles away before day break.. just brush with fluride next morning and you are good for the day.

  7. anand says

    Agree with all the points mentioned by author. It is one of the best medicines to prevent heart attacks, reducing cholestrol. It is best eaten raw (5-6 pieces) per day. You now get to see garlic pills (in super stores) which claim it doesn’t smell etc. My suggestion is to ignore all these commercial versions of garlic and just eat it raw. Nothing can beat it.

    • dave says

      it fixed me. had trouble maintaining without viagra. chinese doctor advised me so i started eating 4 cloves raw per day (minced, washed down by water)
      haven’t needed anything else since.
      the experience has made me very skeptical of western medicine and pharmaceuticals… the people i used to blow off as flakey hippies, i now listen to intently.

    • Borowski says

      Ben, I would imagine it would be good for an erection. Why? Because it thins the blood and is easier to get blood flow in your genitial area’s.

  8. Rita says

    I fermented my garlic . Do you think this adds to the benefit? I cut it up in small pieces and take it with kombucha In the morning

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      Fermented garlic is great, it should provide similar benefit and has the added benefits of beneficial bacteria.

  9. Rita R says

    Last week was the first time I ate a piece raw after reading this article. Boy oh boy lemme tell you, I thought I was gonna die!
    My lips were burning, my mouth was burning, my throat was on fire, and each swallow as it went down felt like flames!!
    I wanted to scream bloody murder! BUT, after that first piece was consumed and ingested, my body expelled the bad, and now I have no problem eating it as long as I keep it down to one -three small cloves a day with teeny bites. I will say, I have noticed I am really starting to feel better in general. Maybe something was wrong and the garlic is helping to kill whatever it is. Either way Im glad I starting eating raw garlic. The benefits far exceed in doing so!

    • Tolunay says

      Good job, I started eating 2 medium-large garlic cloves everyday before I go to bed.
      By the time Im awake and ready to greet the day the smell is gone :D.
      I suggest squeezing the garlic and taking it with water and a tablespoon of rice/vegetable/dates at a time.. that way you really dont taste the garlic and chew it at the same time!
      I have to stick to garlic to see the benefits I think..

  10. says

    It seems that during the construction of the pyramids workers continued a diet that consisted mainly of onions and garlic, it was said that gave force to resist hard labor.

    Pliny wrote of garlic’s ability to cure tuberculosis, Virgilio said the garlic enhanced and maintained the strength of agricultural workers Celsius recommended garlic as a cure for fever, Hippocrates thought it was a good medicine for many health problems and Muhammad, the prophet proclaimed that if garlic was applied directly to a sting or a bite facilitate the healing of these wounds.
    What are the benefits of eating garlic cloves

  11. Meagan says

    If you suffer from “brain fog”, garlic Helps with that as well. Cutting out sugar and eating a clove a day really helps.
    I find it way easier to cut the garlic clove up and then put water in my mouth, tilt my head back, drop in a couple bits, and then bring my head back level and swallow right away. No smell at all if it stays in the water and doesn’t really touch your mouth. My boyfriend can’t even tell I’ve eaten it. Just have some food too because it can give you an upset tummy if you have an empty stomach. And don’t eat very much if you take blood thinners as garlic acts as a blood thinner.

  12. Sandra Childress says

    I heard that if you consume fresh garlic daily that it can prevent lung cancer, I don’t know how true this is, has anyone else heard of this!? Thank You!

  13. Tony says

    As an advocate for natural healing and preventative foods, I have found that the easiest way in which to consume raw garlic is by chewing it with orange juice. The citric acid naturally found in orange juice neutralizes the pungent taste of raw garlic and makes it much more bearable to swallow. I try to eat at least 3 cloves of raw garlic a day, but I would also like to praise the effectiveness of another potent antibacterial, antiviral and pathogen killer known as ‘oil of oregano’. I use oil of oregano daily as a method of health maintenance by taking 6 drops under the tongue with a little water or juice. I have also used it as a skincare product for the occasional acne or blemish. I cannot emphasize enough the wonderful medicinal properties of these two amazing herbs. Remember, a doctor is trained in drugs and surgery, but nature possesses infinite wisdom and has been the guide by which countless civilizations and cultures have contained the epidemic known as disease. Go and be well, and GOD BLESS!

  14. Jodie says

    I eat raw garlic every day, I found the best way is to chew it quick and swallow it. Your breath does smell but I would rather smell and be healthy! It’s not that bad and the benefits are great.

  15. nolan says

    I’m 51 and have eaten garlic for the last 10 years its done me no harm and I’ve heard that it is good for you the japanese goverment use it as a medicine fo hixgh blocod preasure as it lowers blood preasure can’t be that bad for you isn’t it funny that things that don’t taste nice are good for you

  16. stanley says

    Well I started taking garlic on a dialy base,I take one piece n cut it into smaller pieces n swallow it with water like pills n the results r amazing.I have hard rock erections,have free bowels n a general feeling of well being n most significanly its lowering my cholesterol level.this is magical I suggest this to everyone who is serious abt their health.

  17. roy says

    Ive just read its best to leave cut or crushed garlic for ten mins for the air to activate the allicin in it ,,,Ive allways been interested in natural remerdies,, After bein so ill taking prescribed drugs ,,,Ill be taking three cloves a day from now on ,my aim is to grow enough for my intake as i know it will be fresh dont know jhow old the garlic is in the shops i just cut a clove into four then wash it down like tablets

      • Anonymous says

        i recently underwent angioplast for blockage in the artery . I understand that 2 to 3 cloves of garlic is good for lowering the triglycerides , blood sugar as well as blood pressure as I suffer from the same , I have started eating 3 pods raw on an empty stomach & drinking water . can anyone suggest if it is effective or it should be munched & eaten .

        • Lori, Health Extremist says

          Most recommend cutting the garlic into smaller slices and let them sit for 10 minutes to allow the compounds to become fully activated. I cut each clove into a few pieces and then swallow them.

  18. rita says

    Hello, I just received a book by Jo Robinson…EATING ON THE WILD SIDE. This is what she has to say about garlic and I will quote “you can cook garlic and reap all its benefits if you make a simple change in the way you prepare it. Chop, mince, slice, or mash the garlic and then keep it away from the heat for ten minutes… During this time, the maximum amount of allicin is created so the heat sensitive enzyme is no longer needed. You can saute, bake, or fry the garlic and still get all its medicine.. Garlic has so many healing properties that waiting those critical ten minutes could reduce your risk of a number of worrisome diseases.”

  19. Jakes says

    Fot those people who love garlic, but dislike the odour or breath it causes, I have the best remedy for it!

    Just eat SPIRULINA!

    Plain and simple, I read about it, then I tested it out to see if it works, and it does! I ate like a 125gram tub of raw garlic paste in one day, mixed in a humus dish, so I was quite surprised when no one in my family smelled anything.

    Try it for yourself, but remember, if its a large amout, also consume a large amount of Spirulina, say about a couple of tablespoons, if you have the powder.

    • Kamlesh says

      in India we hve JAGGERY a byproduct of sugar production.
      If one takes a lump of about 30 grams of jaggery anytime after taking garlic, the mouth odour is 100% eliminated.

    • Mark says

      How much are you taking to notice a difference in sexual performance,
      and is it making you last longer or just getting harder or both. How long did you take it
      to notice a difference

      • Borowski says

        Mark, Really? Word of advice. Garlic Breath=No Sex. Exercise and take a Cialis if you need. You probably have poor circulation. If your old, over weight or smoke you will have blood flow issues. A couple of things to try: You can try to pack your willy in crushed garlic and tie up with some string and bandage overnight or do Penis push-ups before Bedtime that should do the trick. Good Luck!

  20. Tolunay says

    Hi. I commented here a few months ago, since then I have been taking garlic on and off. Some days I went 30 days straight with everyday 2 pieces, sometimes nothing.
    However, now I am going to up it to 3 pieces for 30 days as I really want to avoid the flu. It also makes me feel better and I have more energy. Really helpful.

    I am 17 and in HS and all my friends got the flu lately, its not the flu… its YOU.
    Your immune system is weak! Gotta be proactive in life.

    • Anonymous says

      I am so impressed with your wisdom at such a young age! Just wait till your 10 yr. reunion ( believe me it sounds along ways away… and it will just pop up before you know it) and you will look AMAZING and be shocked at how they’ve gone downhill from not taking good care of they’re bodies. God speed to you!

  21. Monique says

    I am so excited I have started eating a clove a day it helps to keep the doctor away my girlfriend was sick so I read on line to get rid of cold all I had to do was take some greentea a piece of raw ginger and a clove of garlic and she would be fine well I am here to report that shes all better and even better than before

  22. Debbie says

    Thinly slice 3 raw garlic cloves-into a bowl, cubed cucumber, cherry tomatoes halved, cubed feta cheese (not too much!), drizzle of olive oil-let marinate-meanwhile cook a handful of pasta-pour the pasta into the bowl-stir twice-enjoy!

  23. says

    I have been advised to consume raw garlic, ground cinnamon powder and fenugreek seeds (Methi) soaked in water overnight, daily in the morning after brushing my teeth. Can I take all the three together or should they be taken separately for getting the desired health benefits?

      • says

        Three different nature cure practitioners. Not in combination though since each one has asked me to take each one. One person advised me methi seeds soaked overnight for reducing BP, while another advised me to take cinnamon powder with honey for reducing cholesterol and another person asked me to take a garlic pod daily morning along with plain water on empty stomach for general well-being and as a blood purifier & anticancer agent.

  24. Heidi says

    Are garlic oil capsules raw? I’m assuming they don’t have the same benefits as eating a raw clove but I’m curious why not. Also, how in the world do you overcome the strong odor of garlic on your breath? The odor even seems to come out the body’s pores… My husband and I eat a lot of cooked garlic, and even that is hard to overcome even with brushing teeth and strong mouthwash. Any good ideas??

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      Garlic supplements are usually heated during processing and don’t contain as many nutrients as it would when eaten fresh and raw. I cut up the cloves into small pieces and swallow them, so I don’t get any garlic breath :)

  25. Chinwe says

    Garlic seems to help ease off menstrual pains! I’ve noticed my periods flow free and painless whenever I eat a clove of garlic, I chew it with water only at night.

  26. james says

    I’m just 31 years old and have a high BP (150/90) and taking BP medication for 3 months now. I would like to eat raw garlic to lower my blood pressure. Is it safe eating raw garlic (let’s say 2 cloves daily) while taking BP medication. Please advise. Thank you.

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