Skip to main content


A WHOLE BULB OF GARLIC shot from above
2min read

Is Garlic Good For You?

by Fabian Jackson

2min read

We love to cook with cloves of garlic, but is it a healthy ingredient?


Garlic is part of the onion family and grows in bulbs with around 15 individual cloves that we use to cook with. It grows right across the globe and is a common ingredient in just as many cuisines. 

But beyond the kitchen, it’s proven a popular medicine in many ancient civilisations too from Egyptians and Babylonians to the Greeks, Romans and traditional Chinese medicine.

three bulbs of garlic

Is raw garlic good for you?

Travel back in time a few hundred years and you’d find garlic prescribed to treat many different health problems. Recent studies have confirmed that quite a few of these beneficial health effects are true.

It’s now known that its key compound is called allicin which is activated when cloves of garlic are crushed or chewed. 

Why is garlic good for you?

Eating garlic regularly can reduce blood pressure, even lowering levels of cholesterol that lead to a reduced risk of heart disease. It can also help boost your immune system, perhaps even fighting the common cold!

a bowl of garlic bulbs

It’s also rich in so many nutrients that we need to keep us fighting fit and functioning normally, like manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, selenium and fibre.


By Fabian Jackson
Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

Read more from Fabian

Let us take care of dinner

We help to make eating more plants easy and delicious. Fancy letting us take care of dinner? Check out our delicious meals here.

Shop now
Multi award-winning great taste producer
Certified B Corporation
London Living Wage Employer
Plant Power


Where to find usVeganuaryUltra Processed FoodSustainability(Not at) school dinnerRefer a FriendPlanted blog

Stay in touch

Multi award-winning great taste producer
Certified B Corporation
London Living Wage Employer
Plant Power

© Copyright 2024 Allplants Ltd. All rights reserved