Howard E. LeWine, M.D. Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing · 40 years of experience
It’s easy to get the impression that garlic cures everything, but of course it doesn’t. However there are some potential health benefits.
Studies suggest that supplements may help lower low-density (LDL) cholesterol a little bit in people with high cholesterol and it may help lower blood pressure.
Right now, there isn’t strong scientific evidence that it helps with a cold or can prevent cancer. Garlic supplements can interfere with some medications so be sure to talk with your doctor if you take them. Garlic in food and recipes is safe for most people.
Michael Colangelo, Master of Science (M.S.) in Nutrition · 15 years of experience
Garlic contains compounds that posses anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. It has been named the “poor man’s penicillin”. It has been researched for its effects on high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and high cholesterol. It is available in many forms including raw, dehydrated, and as capsules or tablets.
Garlic thins the blood so should not be taken by those on anticoagulants. To get the most benefit from garlic it should be chopped, sliced, or mashed, then allowed to sit at room temperature for at least 10 minutes.
One of the beneficial compounds deteriorates when cooked and this process prevents that from happening. It can also be consumed raw after allowing it to sit for at least 10 minutes.
Carl Bender. Master of Science: Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition · 6 years of experience
Garlic does have a lot of beneficial properties that can be beneficial for your health, but it won’t cure you of any diseases or ailments.
Janel Reeves, Master of Science in Nutritional Science · 4 years of experience
Garlic contains a unique compound, allicin, which gives it its odor and flavor among other things.
Allicin, which contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, is responsible for the proposed or potential health benefits of garlic …
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