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What are the health benefits of garlic?

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williamj01 Thu 18-Jun-20 08:42:33

When taken by mouth, garlic can cause bad breath, a burning sensation in the mouth or stomach, heartburn, gas, nausea, vomiting, body odor, and diarrhea. These side effects are often worse with raw garlic. Garlic may also increase the risk of bleeding. ... RAW garlic is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when applied to the skin.

Oopsadaisy3 Thu 18-Jun-20 09:02:04

On the other hand it might not do any of these things.

Elegran Thu 18-Jun-20 09:02:29

I assume you don't like it?

Elegran Thu 18-Jun-20 09:04:07

My hand should have shrivelled up and fallen off years ago then - it is impossible to prepare garlic without touching it with bare skin (and don't suggest wearing marigolds, they don't fit me)

MawB Thu 18-Jun-20 09:26:10

When taken by mouth.....

Is there any other way of “taking” garlic?
(You may prefer not to consider the alternatives) gringrin

Kittye Thu 18-Jun-20 09:41:38

MawB the mind boggles 🥴

ladymuck Thu 18-Jun-20 09:46:20

All those people on the Continent who routinely eat the stuff don't seem to suffer the problems you describe?
Perhaps there is some other cause?

Gilly1952 Thu 18-Jun-20 09:48:24

Eating garlic might help with social isolating! So yes, therefore, can be good for one’s health! I tend to smother food with garlic powder, especially salads which I also cover in olive oil. I dread to think what I smell like.

Blinko Thu 18-Jun-20 09:51:39

Anyway, it keeps vampires at bay...

Beechnut Thu 18-Jun-20 09:52:32

Gilly1952 you probably smell so delicious we’d want to eat you 🤣🤣

Elegran Thu 18-Jun-20 09:57:51

Perhaps williamj01 could campaign for the banning of that dangerous substance, hydrogen hydroxide, too? Unless used with care, it kills more people than garlic! www.dhmo.org/facts.html

Elegran Thu 18-Jun-20 10:00:30

But do check out both hydrogen hydroxide and garlic on Snopes.
www.google.com

polyester57 Thu 18-Jun-20 10:49:42

Recipe for my all-time favourite, baked garlic soup. Take a large bulb of garlic, don´t peel, cut lengthways, drizzle with a little olive oil and bake in the oven for about 20 mins. In the meantime chop a small onion, peel and dice about three medium-sized potatoes, fry the onion in olive oil, add potatoes and baked cloves of garlic (they should come out of the skin easily with the help of a small teaspoon), cover with water and simmer for about another 20 mins, season with salt and pepper. Liquidize with a hand mixer. Tastes great with some crumbled crispy bacon. Garlic is fantastic, it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, it lowers blood pressure and high cholesterol, it can even cure the common cold. If you don´t like the taste you can take it in tablet form, available from health shops.

25Avalon Thu 18-Jun-20 10:52:24

It keeps you safe from vampires!

Alexa Thu 18-Jun-20 11:17:03

I believe garlic prevents intestinal worms. Intestinal worms make people undernourished when food is scarce, hence the poorly appearance of people who should better have eaten garlic .

midgey Thu 18-Jun-20 11:29:11

Keeps the midges away!

kittylester Thu 18-Jun-20 12:32:32

If eaten in sufficient quantities it can be used as an effective of birth control!

Well, it works for me- I havent had a baby for over 30 years since increasing my garlic intake!

midgey Thu 18-Jun-20 14:48:21

Ha ha! Kittylester

Smileless2012 Thu 18-Jun-20 14:52:59

I think it's good for heart health and combating the common cold. You can buy odourless garlic in capsule or tablet form.

Jozef Sat 20-Jun-20 11:22:34

Garlic is good for health .

Callistemon Sat 20-Jun-20 11:24:57

Gilly1952

Eating garlic might help with social isolating! So yes, therefore, can be good for one’s health! I tend to smother food with garlic powder, especially salads which I also cover in olive oil. I dread to think what I smell like.

I agree, Gilly1952
Garlic is wonderful.
Eat it every day and everyone will self-distance from you.

Liz46 Sat 20-Jun-20 12:40:42

Garlic is good for us although I do remember being told that I had 'contaminated the office'!

We use loads of garlic and onions.