How to Consume Garlic to Maximize Its Health Benefits

cooking with garlic

Although it is an integral part of our culinary preparations, garlic, taken especially at the very beginning of the morning, can provide many health benefits.

Eating raw garlic on an empty stomach can help lower cholesterol levels. According to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, aged garlic supplements can prevent clogged arteries and improve heart health.

Raw garlic contains a component called allicin, which helps thin the blood and lowers cholesterol levels.

Strong garlic flavor

However, the strong aroma and strong taste of garlic is not so pleasant to eat raw. So here are some simple ways by which one can get the maximum benefits from garlic and consume garlic in the right way.

How to consume garlic

Add garlic to your Dawa (lemon, ginger, honey drink)

Garlic is a flu-fighting food, according to healthline.com. It can be added to the lemon-ginger-honey drink to help fight the flu.

“Garlic is best known for its antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. So that means garlic is a natural antibiotic that the body doesn’t develop resistance to, which also means it has ongoing positive benefits,” says John Kareri, a Nyeri farmer and nutrition coach.

cooking with garlic

Raw garlic is the optimal way to get its health benefits. However, you can still improve your health by cooking with garlic. Plus, it makes for tasty meals. If you use garlic in a recipe, use at least one to two cloves per dish.

Try garlic oil

Garlic is an excellent flavoring for any dish. You can bring more of its flavor to your food by using garlic infused oil to prepare dishes. Garlic oil may also have the added health benefit of shrinking a pimple or relieving psoriasis when rubbed on the affected area, Kareri says.

Prepare a garlic tea

Hot tea is a comforting way to get through a cold. Brewing garlic tea can comfort you and can help boost your immune system. Infuse a minced or minced garlic clove in hot water for a few minutes. Then filter the pieces of garlic and enjoy your tea.

You can modify this tea according to your taste. You can make it simple by boiling a clove of garlic and drinking it with a pinch of cinnamon.

Using a garlic powder may be more convenient

Adding Garlic Powder to Foods

In some cases, using a garlic powder may be a more convenient way to get your garlic, however, just like with other garlic products, it may not have the same benefits for health than fresh produce.

The wrong way to eat raw garlic

You can’t go wrong with raw garlic because it’s good for you. That said, don’t sink your teeth into a whole head, because half a clove of raw garlic a day is all you need and going too far won’t give you anything but a stomach ache ( and bad breath too).

To take with? Start eating raw garlic, and while you’re at it, remember that a little is enough, in terms of flavor and many health benefits.

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