Eat Garlic Responsibly Healthy Eating

Eat Garlic Responsibly

Reap garlic’s benefits with these tips:

  • Try to eat at least two medium-sized cloves of garlic daily.
  • Eat it fresh. Fresh garlic has significantly higher levels of allicin than jarred garlic.
  • If possible, eat it raw. Cooking garlic reduces the protective activity of allicin.
  • Store it at room temperature.
  • After you crush a garlic clove, allow it to sit for about 10 minutes. This triggers a reaction that boosts its healthy compounds.
  • Taking garlic supplements is an option, but know that beneficial compounds in garlic may be less potent once processed into a pill.

If you’re increasing your intake of fresh garlic or garlic supplements, it’s important to keep a few things in mind:

  • Large doses of garlic may interfere with some medications and reduce their effectiveness.
  • Taking medications that slow clotting (ibuprofen, for example) and eating large amounts of garlic can thin the blood, increasing the chances of bruising and bleeding.
  • If you have heartburn, acid reflux, or an ulcer, garlic could make these conditions worse.
  • Showering and brushing your teeth might be required after a garlic-loaded meal to eliminate garlic breath and body odor. Some say drinking milk can help.

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