The Skinny Confidential talks garlic.

Raw Garlic Cloves Are On Point

Updated: February 10, 2015
by
LAURYN

The Skinny Confidential talks garlic.

I freaking LOVE eating raw garlic.

I know, I know, poor Michael.

It’s this really weird obsession. Really though, I pop that shit in my mouth like they’re sour Skittles & have a full on dance party by myself.

You might be thinking ‘you’re NASTY, ewww, bye.’

BUT WAIT!!!

Garlic is known as a WONDER DRUG, guys.

It’s kind of the best thing ever & some of the benefits are instantly gratifying, so before you be a Judge Judy, read on, k?

Ok so, a few things before we begin- if you decide to hop on my raw garlic train, make sure you have a toothbrush handy. Let’s just say your breath will smell like a dirty toad that fell in poo. Funny how I literally don’t care because the benefits just completely out weigh the breath smell. Plus, that’s why God invented toothbrushes- for garlic lovers, duh.

I’m not going to lie I’ve been weirdly excited to share garlic’s benefits with you. So if you notice JAZZ HANDS throughout this post, don’t be alarmed- I’m just SO EXCITED & I JUST CAN’T HIDE IT about this post…

Why I eat raw garlic cloves, like everyday:

+ No bullshit, during Egyptian times it was used as a traditional remedy to aid in health & treat many different diseases ( AKA Egyptians couldn’t pop over to their local Rite-Aid & grab an antibiotic so they had to make due!! ).

+ It’s filled with the good stuff…according to this source: “intact cells in garlic contain a natural compound called alliin. When you crush garlic cloves by chewing them, alliin is released from broken cells and contacts a garlic enzyme called alliinase. Alliinase converts alliin into a volatile oil, allicin, which is a main active ingredient in crushed garlic. Garlic also contains other oils, called ajoenes and terpenes, as well as several water-soluble compounds. Some amino acids, Vitamin C, calcium, iron and other minerals are also components of fresh garlic.”

+ Chewing raw ( RAW!! ) garlic may lower your risk of developing several types of cancers. This is because the compounds in garlic can stop cancer cells from dividing & may cause them to die. PLUS IT BOOSTS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM LIKE NO OTHER!

+ It’s known to lower cholesterol & reduce blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.

+ Garlic kills infection and helps fight viruses. In fact, I’m going to make garlic soup next time I’m feeling sick. The recipe I found is here & looks supppppper interesting. Basically raw garlic is known for its anti-bacterial & anti-fungals powers!!

+ & ONE of my FAVS: “oxidative damage from free radicals contributes to the aging process. Garlic contains antioxidants that support the body’s protective mechanisms against oxidative damage. High doses of garlic supplementation have been shown to increase antioxidant enzymes in humans ( source ).”

WHAT ELSE can I tell you about garlic. Oh, I typically eat them while I’m cooking. Usually three cloves. The allicin compound only comes to life when the garlic is crushed or cleaved & RAW!! So, uncooked.

If you just CAN’T RIGHT NOW, then at least add some diced garlic to your salad/sauce or AT LEASTTTT take a daily garlic supplement or try garlic extract. Another fun way to get your garlic is to mash up raw garlic, mix it with olive oil & lemon and spread it on a piece of sprouted toast. YUMMMM.

No one will convince me to give up garlic cloves. I will undoubtedly be eating them the rest of my life— even when I’m 97 years old, walking my cat, & wearing a YMCA visor.

Basically I don’t care if it smells, garlic is necessary.

Anyone else a die-hard garlic fan?

Chat soon, Lauryn xx

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  1. Sandra

    I also love raw garlic, so you’re not alone 😉 I always use it in salads and make my own garlic dressing. I’ve never tried it in soup though. Will definitely try that the next time I’m sick. Thank you sharing all these facts 😀 Now I have a better excuse for when people ask about it 😛
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  2. Katie

    YESS!! I love garlic. I put it in almost all my meals. I was eating them for their anti-inflammatory properties. It’s exciting to know they have so many other amazing benefits. Might have to try just popping one in my mouth, that’s a new one! 😉
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  3. stefanie

    Hi,

    Would it still be beneficial to just swallow it?
    I just find it way to spicy to eat just like that, tried it, way to spicy 😀

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    1. Tasha

      I like to chew it while I have orange juice in my mouth, it covers up the spiceyness and much easier to swallow.

  4. Kayla Rasmussen

    Lauryn,
    OMG I am like the only one around here that does this! When I seen the title of the post, I was like yesss

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  5. Inessa G

    So true – it’s so good for you! You can also just chew it in the morning before brushing your teeth – that way you take care of your breath and it becomes a habit. Maybe right after oil pulling 😉
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  6. kerri

    ok this may sound totally nasty but i have to tell you about my raw garlic remedy. i had a wart on my finger (grosses thing EVER) and it wouldn’t go away even after freezing. i read about putting a sliver of garlic on it at night and i wrapped it up and slept with it on every night for a few weeks. eventually POOF it was gone. wasn’t the most pleasant process (little smelly – but I wrapped it up with lots of stuff) and hurt a little but talk about amazing powers! ok sorry for the word vomit comment :)

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  7. Beks

    I love Garlic, but I’ve never tried chewing it raw. I’ve used it as part of a cold remedy before, by popping a couple cloves like pills, but chewing garlic raw has never entered my mind. Isn’t it super spicy and pungent? Did it take you long to get used to the taste, or has it always been easy for you?
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  8. Yoojin

    yesss i love garlic! this might sound crazy, but i actually add a couple cloves in my smoothies for an EXTRA boost. if you make them sweet enough, the garlic adds a nice spicy kick :)

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  9. Danielle

    I freakin’ love garlic! I don’t necessarily eat them raw…too spicy?? My mom in a way kinda beat the cooking rule into me about using garlic on all meats and I usually chop/slice/smash garlic in/on all of my veggies…

    I love it soo much!

    Yumms!

    -Dani
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  10. 204 Park

    Haha I LOVE this! My family always talks about how my great grandma who lived (very healthily and happily) until the age 100 and ate a clove of garlic a day
    I add raw garlic to my olive oil and apple cider vinegar salad dressings every day so I like to think that’s helping me! :)
    Xo, D
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  11. Jess @hellotofit

    At the IDEA fitness conference last year I attended a lecture about the holistic side of nutrition, and the presenter suggested popping 1 garlic clove if we felt like we were going to come down with a cold. I tried it once, and it was so spicy!! Will definitely have to “build up” a tolerance to that 😛 great post!
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  12. Elise Jones

    I LOVE raw garlic! It’s spicy and delicious. All of my friends think I’m a freak, but it’s so good. It’s also very beneficial for women to keep things normal. Great post!

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  13. Jenni

    Have you ever made garlic tea?! It’s so rad. Chop a few cloves of garlic, put them in a mug, pour hot water over, let them sit for a little while, and then stir in raw organic honey and fresh lemon. Seriously amazing. You can strain the chopped garlic out before adding the other ingredients, but I like to leave it in (and I’m guessing you would too). People think I’m cray cray whenever I tell them about this tea, but it’s seriously AMAZING. Make it when you feel a little cold coming on. Or just whenever!

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  14. Angeline

    I wonder if pickled garlic cloves have the same effect? Because those are amaze. Oh and if raw garlic is one of your secrets to being flawless…I’m on board and in the ocean. I guess this means we’re all going to stay young forever?

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  15. Lea

    Huuuge garlic fan – I haven’t gone die hard for the straight raw snack, but I love pickled garlic! My fav sushi restaurant serves raw cloves pickled and I eat as many as I can! Perfect sweet/sour/savory combo!

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  16. Courtney

    I love pickled garlic… I wonder if that’s considered raw?! I also heard that the air needs to hit the chopped garlic for at least 15 minutes before the good stuff kicks in that aids to your health. My only issue is, when I eat too much raw garlic it hurts my belly. Any suggestions?

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  17. Annie

    One time when I was sick I made chamomile tea with a hit ton of lemon and ginger juice, a bit of honey, and I popped in a crushed garlic clove. It was surprisingly good! and I swear it helped me get better that much faster! Garlic is da bess

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  18. Amy

    I love to eat raw garlic too! And I know my bf is a keeper bc he puts up with my garlic breath

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  19. Nora C

    I was literally just talking to my roommates about this a couple weeks ago and they were judging me so hard for it! anytime I feel a cold coming on I always eat an extra clove of garlic and I swear it works wonders. My grandma actually told me about this and, I mean, she’s 90 and doesn’t look it so pretty sure I’ll take her advice. fave thing is to roast garlic and spread on toast, even if the allicin isn’t activated it’s still delicious!
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  20. Danielle

    OBSESSED with garlic! Whenever I feel a cold coming on, I make garlic soup with a whole head of garlic and I never get sick. I also chop it up and mix it with EVERYTHING, from broccoli to avo’s to juice. ALSO, for tooth infections, you can cut a clove in half and put the cut/raw side on the infection and the garlic will actually draw the infection out of your mouth and into the garlic. Just make sure to change it. So much better than taking antibiotics and dealing with all their side effects!

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  21. Amanda

    I’ve always loved raw garlic and everyone thinks its freakish lol but I still love it and it’s great to know its good for me.

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    1. Katy

      I tried it an totally almost threw up. YOU EAT A WHOLE CLOVE?! RAW?!?!
      I guess I’ll have to stick to putting it in recipes and such :( It was a bad experience.

  22. Ashlie McDonald

    Hey Lauryn!!! Just wanted to share a tip with you concerning garlic and it’s health bennies. I went to Honduras in 2013 for a mission/humanitarian trip and I swear by garlic for not only health benefits but I am positive it kept me from having tummy issues while I was out there. I have a better way to ingest it that may help you!! It’s called a Garlic Shooter!!

    Mince one garlic clove or use a press and put it on a spoon and then
    squeeze lemon onto it.

    After you do this just put it on the back of your throat and swallow! It lessens the bad breath so you’re not chewing it and it tastes better (I actually hardly taste it). Hope you can try this garlic shooter out sometime! I promise you won’t go back to any other way…well…maybe. =)

    Thanks!!

    Ashlie

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  23. Vanessa

    Grate a huge clove or 2 of garlic and 1/2 tsp of fresh ginger on a micro plane–the micro plane is key!! Add it to a huge mug and let it sit for 5 minutes so the potent allicin can form. Add boiling hot water and either add 1-2 tsp of miso paste or an organic lower sodium bouillon paste. Even sea salt will work, just be careful with the sodium. It’s truly a miracle broth! You can even add other spices like turmeric and cayenne for an extra health boost. If I feel sick, I drink this broth but it’s also a nice base for a soup, and definitely more palatable than raw garlic and ginger!

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  24. Teffy

    You, lady, have just convinced me to start eating raw garlic (and I’m going to try and get my partner to join so he doesn’t notice my breath as much!)

    I’ve heard about its benefits before, but never thought too much of it until now. All Hail Garlic!

    Also, what is the link for the garlic soup??

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

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  25. carly @howdairyyou

    I am obsessed with roasted garlic!!! I have never tried it raw, but after your post I just might have to! FYI: too much garlic can really upset your belly, so beware of over doing it. bad breathe might not be your only concern….

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  26. Katie

    Love garlic! Whenever my ears are starting to get sore (chronic ear infections) I dice up some garlic and cook it in olive oil over super low heat, then strain out the piece and drip the warm oil into my ear. It never fails!

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  27. Emmie Perry

    Have you (or anything else) made the garlic soup? It actually looks like it would taste good!!!! Glad to know there’s a fellow garlic lover out there- I could eat the stuff for breakfast, lunch, and dinner

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  28. marty

    yes, I agree about how good garlic is. I am eating it to assist in ridding my body of an infection I had recently. however, I read that the garlic must not be irradiated. any input on this?

    marty

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  29. meta

    I eat raw garlic everyday, and I feel better. Usually I got cold or flu so easy, but after add this new habit I get the benefit. Definitely will be continue eat this amazing food.

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  30. Brian

    I’ve just discovered the power of garlic. I’ve suffered with cold sores all my life. About a year ago I googled, “foods with anti viral properties”, because cold sores are caused by the HSV1 virus and garlic was at the top of the list. So in addition to eating raw garlic during an outbreak, I mash the garlic in a garlic press and hold the juicy mashed garlic against my cold sore. It certainly burns for a while, but that burning seems to kill the infection from the inside out. PRAISE GARLIC

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  31. Robin

    I just dipped my crab legs in butter with raw garlic….yum! Good thing my hubs had plenty of garlic butter, too.

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  32. Susan

    Hi Lauryn and others,

    I was wondering how your skin and hair look like. Also as for tummy pains (gas and such), IMO I think it’s killing the viruses, bad bugs etc.. which I believe you should start slow and build up.. but as for the burning feeling just from garlic itself would taking it with honey help..you think.

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  33. Lori

    Yes I’m a big garlic fan also! I found out that if you have a sore throat and it won’t go away and your just miserable take two cloves of garlic and put one in each side of your cheeks of your mouth and basically suck on them giving a little bite down on the cloves and swallowing the little bit that comes out from the cloves totally gets rid of a sore throat immediately, then to get rid of the garlic taste suck on some cloves for a bit and your good to go. Also when the garlic cloves are in your cheeks make up some tea and sip it while the garlic cloves are getting rid of your sore throat. Hope this helps anyone with a severe sore throat best one I’ve come across.

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  35. Scott W.

    all of the benefits of eating raw garlic are now null and void because this article gave me cancer.

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  36. Alana

    Love to cook w garlic. Been reading up on taking it raw for immune boost benefits. Now I’m not too keen on chewing it up, and I read that swallowing whole cloves like a pill = missing out on the allicin(magical good stuff). I figure the way to go is to chop a peeled clove into two or three manageable pieces, maybe crush them just a bit, and swallow them fast as possible. Oh yea take along something fatty like a spoon of peanut butter for the stomach’s sake.
    Now, I’m good a swallowing pills and I’ve got a pretty strong stomach.. I just wonder how much garlic/ day? I read too much can make u feel ill so I guess I start with one average sized clove and gradually increase…

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  37. Boyle o'boil

    I started eating raw garlic because of my poor health. I’m boils on my skin. Dr. Say my immune is weak. So, I’m eating garlic, my second week now. Raw garlic burns like no other pepper. It’s fire on my tender mouf! Let’s what comes next.

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  38. Diana

    Its going to be a week I started eating raw garilic man is it strong but I love it I’m eating them due to my hair shedding like crazy I noticed that I don’t shed so much anymore will continue to take God bless you all :))

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  39. Jorji

    My husband and I eat raw garlic almost every day. We just slice it and eat it with chips or a little cheese since the kind we grow is REALLY spicy. Even my kids, who are only 2 and 4 enjoy it that way now. We grow around 800 heads a year. Sometimes we just enjoy whole cloves alone. We all smell like a pizza parlor or a lasagna afterward. Its not the worst smell though. Literally, its not uncommon for people in line at the store to start wondering where that pizza smell is coming from… 😉

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  40. Jamie

    I rarely post comments online, though I just could not help to notice that you may be unaware of the (allegedly) real way to greatly diminish the demon in that little angel, the unpleasant scent which keeps vapires away (allegedly…), which unfortunately is not toothpaste, since toothpaste puts cologne on the bouncers but leaves the scents in the restrooms…Ok, my point is that the pungent odor emanated by those of us who would much rather have energy and outstanding blood circulation in our bodies’ instead of …”not”… comes directly from the digestive system and the lungs, and not the mouth (unless of course u do not keep your chompers in impecable condition), so, toothpaste, mouthwash etc will not cut it…”milk” is the (allegedly) silver bullet, solution, to the inconvenience experienced by others while in our shooting range…and, btw…it also gets rid of the spiciness of all other “hots” quickly and efficiently. I believe the trick is to chew the Anti-Batman and send it down in a wave of skim leche in order for it to work. I do it…I am on the other side of the gun, so I can not really attest to the effectivity, or not, of such system.

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  41. Samantha Johnson

    “No one will convince me to give up garlic cloves. I will undoubtedly be eating them the rest of my life— even when I’m 97 years old, walking my cat, & wearing a YMCA visor.”

    Omg. Yes. 100x yes.

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  42. vigyortyiorp

    Garlic is a wonderful ingredient and I am saying this because I have used this to cure acne. I know this is not in your preference list when it comes to consuming. Health benefits of raw garlic are numerous like it will help you to control your cholesterol levels, prevent blood clotting and it has been shown to have anti-cancer properties. So if you are also suffering from any of these problems or any other problem, you can eat raw garlic. Try to consult with your doctor before you start eating this. For more details you can visit this site .

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  43. Wendy

    DH & I have been eating raw garlic for a while now because we’re both getting on and my immune systems isn’t great and I am very prone to colds and coughs and hoping this is going to keep them at bay.
    Anyway, regarding the smell. I put the raw garlic on our dinner of an evening and yes the breath will smell of garlic for the rest of the evening. However, once up in the morning it appears to have gone and we always eat porridge for breakfast so after that, I guess it is the milk, no smelly breath at all.

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  44. Sukhdeep TDS

    Nice article…Even i use raw garlic everyday.You can also visit to Livelifemore.com for more health and diet tips by Dt Pallavi Jassal.

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