The Health Benefits of Eating Garlic in Every Meal

The Health Benefits of Eating Garlic In Every Meal

At Daily Dose, we always believe in reaching for the kitchen cabinet before the medicine cabinet - which is why we’ve partnered with multiple thought leaders in the nutrition and wellness industry to offer a variety of meal programs that can fit anyone’s busy and active lifestyle. Ketotarian by Dr. Will Cole is a plant forward meal plan that uses fat as fuel to provide the body with a more effective and efficient energy source.

Dr. Will Cole has spent years treating patients for different health issues, and has prioritized food as medicine, aligning with Daily Dose’s philosophy serendipitously. He doesn’t believe in dieting as a trend, but rather as an individually-designed, realistic, science-based plan that will help someone live their healthiest life. Chronic illness and dieting are out; science-based eating habits are now in.

In a recent blog from Dr. Cole’s website, he brings up the health benefits of the superfood garlic. Although the taste and smell might be off-putting and potent to some, the immunity-boosting qualities and health benefits should be enough to overpower those senses.

Garlic has antiviral properties that fight off viruses.

It's been shown through research that garlic can kill influenza, rhinovirus, herpes simplex virus, viral pneumonia, and rotavirus. Of course, this doesn't mean that you'll never get sick when eating garlic; and you obviously shouldn't only eat garlic — but if you add garlic into your daily diet, your immune system could see a boosted defense against any viruses going around.

Garlic can speed up the healing process.

So you pack your diet and still get sick... No worries — because garlic has healing properties. A research study found that people who took garlic supplements for three months had a shortened illness time of 70% compared to those participants taking placebos. The study also found that those taking supplements were 63% less likely to develop a sickness in the first place.

Garlic can act as a natural painkiller.

We understand that the smell might scare a few people off from this next suggestion, but we recommend it anyway! Research has shown that garlic oil acts as a potent anti-inflammatory — so feel free to use garlic oil on everyday topical aches and pains. The Arthritis Foundation even recommends it for inflamed joints and muscles, preventing long-term cartilage damage.

Garlic is good for your skin!

Garlic has antimicrobial properties, meaning it can help with many skin issues. Studies have shown that putting garlic on a pimple can kill that acne-causing bacteria. Rubbing garlic on your feet can also help with athlete's foot.

Garlic is a natural antioxidant.

Garlic has a wide variety of antioxidants, fighting free radicals found in the body. One study found that the compounds allyl disulfide, alliin, allicin, and allyl cysteine — which are all found in garlic — exhibit patterns of antioxidant activities.

Garlic can reduce blood pressure.

A study has shown that supplementing 600-1,500 mg of aged garlic extract for 24 weeks was just as effective as the blood pressure reducing drug Atenolol.

Garlic is packed with nutrients.

Garlic is packed with nutrients — even small doses of it. One clove of raw garlic has high levels of vitamins you should be eating everyday, including vitamin C, selenium, and manganese.

Garlic has anti-allergic properties.

Garlic can be a great natural decongestant — simply inhaling the smell of raw garlic can act as a way to treat congestion from allergies and even colds. One study shows improved airway inflammation when using garlic extract on airways.

Garlic can defend your body against food poisoning.

Garlic has compounds that kill bacteria, including bacterias that lead to food poisoning like salmonella and E. coli. Including garlic in your cooking can possibly protect your body from those germs that lead to digestion issues.

Garlic can improve athletic performance.

Studies have shown that garlic can reduce peak heart rate, leading to better exercise capacity.

Dr. Will Cole has teamed up with Daily Dose to offer a meal program that uses fat as fuel, while staying mostly plant-based. Learn more about our ketotarian meal program and transition your body from a sugar burner to a fat burner in no time.


Dr. Will Cole, IFMCP, DNM, DC, leading functional medicine expert, consults people around the world via webcam and locally in Pittsburgh. He received his doctorate from Southern California University of Health Sciences and post doctorate education and training in functional medicine and clinical nutrition. He specializes in clinically researching underlying factors of chronic disease and customizing a functional medicine approach for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders, and brain problems. Dr. Cole was named one of the top 50 functional medicine and integrative doctors in the nation and is the best selling author of Ketotarian and The Inflammation Spectrum.

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