Amazing Garlic! 


Garlic has long been celebrated as a Superfood because of its health benefits and potent medicinal properties.  It is enjoyed in cooking all over the world – its strong delicious taste and powerful aroma making it a popular ingredient.   


The whole ‘head’ is called a garlic bulb’ while each segment within its papery wrapper is called a ‘clove’ – an average of between 10-20 cloves are inside each bulb 

 Onion Family

Garlic is a close relative of the onion, shallot and leek – belonging to the Allium (onion) family.  It contains an organic sulphur compound called Allicin which is known to improve heart health and strenghthen immunities and which gives garlic it’s distinctive smell. 


To benefit the most from the power of garlic we now know that it is best obtained when a garlic clove is chopped, crushed or chewed. 


Here is a quick guide to some of the amazing health properties of the humble garlic without the science overload! 


Garlic is highly nutritious but has very few calories*  

It contains Vitamins C, B1 and B6, Manganese, Selenium, Calcium, Potassium, Copper and Iron – in fact pretty much a little bit of almost everything we need! ** 


Garlic can combat sickness, even the common cold 

Garlic supplements are known to boost the function of the immune system, and has been shown to prevent and reduce the severity of illnesses such as colds and flu 


Garlic can reduce blood pressure 

High doses of garlic appear to improve and regulate blood pressure in those with known hypertension and blood sugar levels. The amount of allicin needed is equivalent to approximately 4 cloves per day 


Garlic improves cholesterol levels which may lower the risks of heart disease 

Garlic supplements seem to reduce LDL cholesterol in those with raised levels 


Garlic contains antioxidents which may help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia 

Garlic’s antioxident properties protect against cell damage and ageing. Because of the combined effects of helping reduce blood pressure and cholesterol this may help prevent or reduce the risk of brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia  


Garlic may help you live longer 

It is known garlic can fight infectious disease, has a positive effect on risk factors like  heart disease and boosts the immune system so it stands to reason that it could help you live longer! 


Garlic has Antibacterial Properties 

The high sulphur content in garlic gives it antibiotic properties, helping to keep the digestive system clean by flushing out toxins. It is great for rejuvenation and healing of scars and gives a glow to the skin as it keeps digestion in top-shape. It has been used effectively against bacterial, parasitic and fungal infections and in the relief from eczema 


Garlic may help prevent some forms of cancer 

Some studies have indicated a link between consuming garlic daily and the prevention of stomach and colorectal cancers because of the strengthening effect on the immune system. 


Garlic can help you stay looking younger 

The properties of garlic protect the skin from the effects of ageing – slowing down the depletion of collagen which leads to loss of elasticity in aging skin.  Crushed garlic extract or garlic-infused oil massaged on your scalp is known to prevent or even reverse hair loss.   


These are some of the medicinal benefits of this wonderful little vegetable – the list goes on and more advantages of using it in our diet are being discovered but one thing is for sure, our food would be rather less tasty without it!  



The Science bit: 


*Garlic (Allium sativum), Nutrient value/100 g. 

  • Energy 149 Kcal 7.5% 
  • Carbohydrates 33.06 g 25% 
  • Protein 6.36 g 11% 
  • Total Fat 0.5 g 2% 
  • Cholesterol 0 mg 0% 
  • Dietary Fiber 2.1 g 5.5% 



**Garlic cloves have amazingly high levels of vitamins and minerals. Just 100 g provides (in % of recommended daily allowance): 

  • 95% of vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine),  
  • 52% of vitamin C, 
  • 33% of copper,  
  • 21% of iron,  
  • 18% of calcium,  
  • 26% Selenium,   
  • 73% of manganese