Garlic Health Benefits

| February 10, 2013 | 9 Comments


Discover also it’s’ long history and some great garlic recipes.

Do You Life Garlic?

Garlic owes its smell to a sulfur compound. The fact that it stinks isn’t unique–sulfur compounds are renowned for their nasty odors. In fact, sulfur compounds in intestinal gas are responsible for the smell of flatulence. Those sulfur compounds are pretty potent stuff, considering that they make up just one percent of the total intestinal gas released!

Health Benefits of Garlic – click on the video below to hear Diana and Randy ‘argue’ about it.

1.  Garlic reduces Cholesterol:

There many studies that confirm that garlic in several forms can reduce cholesterol. Research:  The Journal of the Royal College of Physicians

2.  Garlic is an Healthy Aphrodisiac!

Tibetan monks were forbidden from entering the monasteries if they had eaten garlic.
It stirs up passions due to it’s ability to increase the circulation.

3. Garlic is an Anti-oxidant:

Researchers have widely believed that the organic compound, allicin, which gives garlic its aroma and flavour, acts as the world’s most powerful antioxidant. But until now it hasn’t been clear how allicin works, or how it stacks up compared to more common antioxidants such as Vitamin E and coenzyme. – Research Sheds Light on Health Benefits of Garlic

Traditional Chinese medicine used of garlic for more than 3,000 years.  Current research is trying to determine the role it could play in treating many health problems such as heart disease and stroke to possibly helping to prevent cancer and increasing your immune system.

4.  Garlic is an Anti-biotic:

The allicin in garlic is also a powerful antibiotic , which fights infection and bacteria. British researchers gave 146 people either a placebo or a garlic extract for 12 weeks; the garlic takers were two-thirds less likely to catch a cold. Other studies suggest that garlic lovers who chow more than six cloves a week have a 30% lower rate of colorectal cancer and a 50% lower rate of stomach cancer.Garlic helps to open clogged sinuses. Antimicrobial properties of allicin from garlic.

“We ate lots of garlic in my home…my father would grow it and it went in everything. He would make garlic sandwiches which we all loved to eat. Toast with butter and chopped garlic and a sprinkle of salt mmmm it was yummy. There were 3 girls in our family and my father used to love to tell us that the garlic would grow hair on our chests!”  Diana Herrington

garlic has unique health benefits

Garlic History:

  • Once upon a time it was used as currency.
  • In the days of the pharaohs, ancient Egyptians considered garlic so valuable that they placed it in tombs, including in King Tut’s.
  • Ancient Greeks gave it to Olympian athletes for strength and stamina.
  • In India, 5,000-year-old Sanskrit records describe its curative properties.

Why you should let Garlic sit for 5 – 10 minutes?

To get most health benefits from Garlic, let it sit for a minimum of 5 minutes, after cutting and before eating or cooking.  Waiting 5 – 10 minutes allows the health-promoting allicin to form.  If you do not let it sit, allicin is never formed, so it is worth the wait. What is Allicin?

I was having dinner with some friends one evening. My friend, Catherine had made a stir fry with lots of garlic in it; she told me that she could only eat organic garlic as when she ate non-organic garlic she would have extreme digestive problems.

Ultimate Garlic Recipe: Simple Garlic Zucchini

The zucchini for some is just an excuse for all the garlic but in any case, it’s a heavenly combination.


2 large zucchinis
10 cloves of garlic*
Almond oil
Sea salt


  1. Grate 2 large zucchinis.
  2. Chop 10 cloves of garlic
  3. Sauté zucchini and garlic in almond oil till soft for 5 minutes.
  4. Add salt to taste.
  5. Serve

More Garlic Recipes:

Lentil Stew This savory soup has all the benefits of the mighty powerfood lentils plus much more.

Chinese Vegetables The Real Food For Life version of a classic dish.

Vegetable Stew Quick and easy like the Simple Garlic Zucchini but with more vegetables.

Onion Gravy Everyone needs a great tasting healthy gravy like this.

Do you like garlic?  If so make a comment.

Copyright © Diana Herrington You are welcome to share this article with anyone who you think may benefit from this information as long as you give credit to Real Food for Life by including the link to the home page or the direct link to the post.

About Diana Herrington

I am the Founder and Author at Real Food For Life. Have been teaching cooking classes worldwide since 1982. Create original, healthy recipes and menus, which are gluten free and white sugar free. Also, the author of the GREEN means LEAN and Balance Your Body e-books. I turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar free, gluten free eating and cooking.



Category: Nutrition, PowerFoods

Comments (9)

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  1. barbara says:

    I grew up with garlic, my mother always us it, and I use in every meal

  2. Marchello says:

    Like doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of my relationship with garlic. Being Italian/Canadian, I have an affinity for it. Although, I’m beginning to think I just might be immune to it; we now make our homemade ceasar salad dressing with an entire head of crushed garlic!

  3. ihsan karatepe says:

    Dear Diana,
    I used to have garlic together with limon juice for 6 months ; my blood pressure reduced dramatically down to normal levels .

  4. Ihsan, that is so good to hear. Real Food often does the trick. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  5. Marchello, I am so happy to hear about your love of garlic and would love to see you recipe for ceasar salad dressing if it is not a family secret. :)

  6. annie sylvan says:

    I love garlic and eat it all of the time, medicinally and gustatorily, but I take exception to the picture, though interesting, of the green sprouted garlic shown. That is garlic that I would separate and plant…the green sprouts should not be eaten as they can upset the stomach.

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    Wow, this article is good, my sister is analyzing these
    things, so I am going to inform her.

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  9. Stella says:

    I like eating garlic,just recently i felt weak and my joints are heavy. I blend garlic and grape make juice after taking I was relief.

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