What Garlic Can Do for You

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What’s the best way to incorporate garlic medicinally into your life? Kirsten Carle, ND, a naturopath at The Stram Center for Integrative Medicine in Delmar, New York, shares a few tips:

  • If you’re looking to fight infections, then garlic is at its best in raw form, meaning the crushed, fresh cloves.
  • As a general immune booster, add garlic liberally to foods every day and take additionally as a supplement in tincture, capsule, or syrup form at first sign of cold or flu.
  • For heart protection and anticancer benefits, daily intake in capsule or tincture form is recommended; although raw or cooked garlic will still provide some benefit.
  • Garlic in all of its many forms—raw or cooked in the diet, dried and powdered in capsules, or prepared in tinctures, syrups, or even topical—provides benefits. You can use the form that suits your tastes and lifestyle and know that your body will appreciate it.
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Personal communication: Kirsten Carle, 5/17

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Victoria Dolby Toews, MPH

Victoria Dolby Toews has been a health journalist for two decades; her latest book is Life After Baby: Rediscovering and Reclaiming Your Healthy Pizzazz ($18.95, Basic Health, 2012).