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Garlic, its benefits and contraindications for use

Garlic, its benefits and contraindications for use RBC-Ukraine collage
Author: Maria Kholina

Garlic possesses natural antiseptic properties, but when combined with certain foods, it can be harmful to the human body. Additionally, there are other contraindications described below, citing Health.com and Eat This Not That.

Benefits of garlic

Garlic is not an immune modulator and does not have immune-boosting effects. However, thanks to allicin, which is part of its composition, it exhibits pronounced antiviral properties.

Garlic is classified as a product containing natural phytoncides - volatile biologically active substances capable of destroying bacteria.

The substances present in garlic enhance appetite, improve the functioning of the liver, stomach, intestines, have diuretic, antiparasitic, antispasmodic, sedative, and antimicrobial effects.

Who should avoid eating garlic

Consuming more than three cloves of garlic per day can cause nausea, stomach cramps, increased gas formation, diarrhea, and headaches.

It is recommended to refrain from consuming garlic on an empty stomach, especially with high acidity of gastric juice, as this can exacerbate gastric ulcer diseases.

Garlic is usually excluded from the diet of people suffering from epilepsy and those with frequent food allergies.

It is also contraindicated for people with liver and kidney diseases, gastric and duodenal ulcers, as well as intestinal disorders and hemorrhoids.

Doctors advise against consuming garlic during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Experts claim that a healthy person only needs to consume 1-2 cloves of garlic per day to support immunity and prevent various diseases. The maximum dose is 3-5 cloves of fresh garlic per day.