Do you need a certain amount of cloves to get the health benefits?
– Whitney Bennett New York, NY
The most solid evidence on daily and consistent garlic consumption is that it can:
Help reduce levels of LDL (”bad”) and total cholesterol
Slow down atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
Discourage platelet aggregation (the grouping of platelets in the blood which ultimately forms clots)
There doesn’t appear to be a difference whether garlic is consumed in a raw or cooked state. For optimal results in terms of active compounds, though, fresh garlic should always be used (as opposed to pre-minced, jarred varieties).
One garlic clove a day, once a day, provides the above-mentioned health benefits. An additional clove or two won’t pose any harm.
I am not a fan of garlic supplements. Firstly, since supplements are unregulated, you never know what you are truly getting.
Number two — in the event that these supplements pack in high amounts of concentrated garlic, they may overly thin the blood.
PS: If you take garlic supplements, you must stop taking them at least three weeks prior to any kind of surgery to prevent excessive bleeding.