20 Amazing Benefits of Drinking Garlic Juice

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The primary benefits of garlic juice include preventing baldness, lowering cholesterol, skin care, strengthening the immune system, and aiding weight loss. It also aids in stimulating the production of sex hormones, boosting circulation, lowering blood pressure, reducing cancer risk, detoxifying the body, and soothing respiratory conditions.

What Is Garlic Juice?

Garlic juice is made by pressing, juicing or blending garlic cloves, which come from the plant bearing the scientific name Allium sativum. Closely related to onions, garlic has been used for thousands of years around the globe due to its powerful effects on human health. While drinking the pure juice of garlic may not sound palatable to many people, the health benefits associated with this unique beverage are undeniable.

Balanced between its use as a flavorful ingredient and as an element of traditional medicine, many people rely on garlic juice for its anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, antibacterial, anti-fungal and antioxidant effects. Garlic juice is a rich source of allicin, the active ingredient in garlic. It also has abundant vitamins such as B vitamins, vitamin C, as well as minerals like manganese, phosphorus, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc. Additionally, it also contains sulfuric compounds and other volatile acids.

A jar of garlic juice with whole garlic on a wooden table

Nutrition Facts

Garlic, raw
Serving Size :
NutrientValue
Water [g]58.58
Energy [kcal]149
Protein [g]6.36
Total lipid (fat) [g]0.5
Carbohydrate, by difference [g]33.06
Fiber, total dietary [g]2.1
Sugars, total [g]1
Calcium, Ca [mg]181
Iron, Fe [mg]1.7
Magnesium, Mg [mg]25
Phosphorus, P [mg]153
Potassium, K [mg]401
Sodium, Na [mg]17
Zinc, Zn [mg]1.16
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid [mg]31.2
Thiamin [mg]0.2
Riboflavin [mg]0.11
Niacin [mg]0.7
Vitamin B-6 [mg]1.24
Folate, DFE [µg]3
Vitamin B-12 [µg]0
Vitamin A, RAE [µg]0
Vitamin A, IU [IU]9
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) [mg]0.08
Vitamin D (D2 + D3) [µg]0
Vitamin D [IU]0
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) [µg]1.7
Fatty acids, total saturated [g]0.09
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated [g]0.01
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated [g]0.25
Fatty acids, total trans [g]0
Cholesterol [mg]0
Caffeine [mg]0
Sources include : USDA

Benefits of Garlic Juice

Let’s look at some of the important health benefits of the juice of garlic below:

Skin Care

Consuming garlic juice provides antioxidants to the skin that will reduce signs of aging, improve coloration, and prevent inflammatory conditions or infections.

Controls Acne Breakouts

Garlic juice helps in treating acne. Apply the juice on the face and wash it after 5 mins. Repeat the process until the acne disappears.

Note: Do not keep it overnight as the juice may harm or burn the skin.

Reduces Hair Loss

Many people use garlic juice to strengthen their hairprevent hair loss, and promote healthy hair follicles. This natural remedy can be consumed internally or mixed with other hair products or washes for excellent effects.

Hair Lice

Mix garlic juice with lemon juice and apply it to your hair and scalp. Leave it overnight and wash it in the morning. Repeat the process for 5 days at a stretch and enjoy a lice-free healthy hair!

Boosts Immune System

The antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antioxidant properties of the juice of garlic make it an excellent immune system shield. Furthermore, it also helps prevent chronic diseases and localized infections.

Weight Loss

Allicin, the active ingredient in this medicinal juice, has been associated with weight loss, as it can help to lower the levels of unhealthy fats in the body. Furthermore, it also provides a metabolic boost that helps you burn calories.

Treats Impotence

Research has linked garlic juice with a marked increase in sex hormones, which can help people overcome impotence, slow sperm motility, and increase sperm count.

Enhances Circulation

Herbs like garlic and onion are closely associated with boosting circulation and lowering plaque levels in the arteries and blood vessels. This can further increase energy levels and lower your risk of various cardiovascular problems.

Anti-coagulant

Garlic juice is a natural and highly effective blood thinner. It helps in preventing thrombosis, which is blockages of blood flow due to clots.

Boosts Heart Health

Garlic juice can lower cholesterol levels, while also reducing blood pressure and strengthening the cardiovascular system. This, in turn, helps lower your risk of heart attack or stroke.

Lowers Cholesterol

Use of garlic juice also lowers total and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. But it does not have any impact on triglyceride and HDL (good) cholesterol levels.

Lowers Hypertension

Large doses of allicin (a compound present in garlic) can lower the blood pressure of those suffering from hypertension. In certain cases, it may be as effective as any regular medication.

Other Benefits

Other benefits of garlic juice include:

Anticancer Properties

Antioxidants along with allicin in garlic juice help prevent oxidative stress by neutralizing free radicals. This prevents cell mutation and the development of cancer. According to a study titled “The Immunomodulation and Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Garlic” published in the Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry, 2014, garlic exhibits anti-tumor activity.

Respiratory Conditions

Many people use garlic juice because it can rapidly clear up respiratory infections and reduce inflammation. It also helps repair damaged tissues in the respiratory tracts.

Treats A Sore Throat

Intake of garlic juice with pomegranate juice helps reduce sore throats, cough, common cold, and flu.

Prevents Asthma

Mix 10 drops of garlic juice with 2 tbsp of honey in a glass of water. Drinking this daily will help prevent asthma.

Relieves Insect Bites

Topical application of the juice on the targeted area help relieve pain caused by insect bites.

Prevents Sagging Breasts

Regular intake of garlic juice helps prevent sagging of breasts. It also helps in toning them.

May Help Treat Encephalitis

High doses of garlic juice may aid in treating encephalitis, which is an acute inflammation of the brain. However, do consult your doctor before considering this alternative.

Treats Fungal Infections

Intake of the raw juice of garlic can also treat various fungal infections including athlete’s foot, as well as ear and foot infection. Topical application of the juice on the infected area can further soothe itching and irritation.

How to Make Garlic Juice?

You can make garlic juice quite easily at home, provided you have a decent amount of garlic and a bit of patience. So juicing a kilogram at a time will yield roughly 2 cups of juice. Only a small amount of juice is required to have an effect, thus, you will likely end up storing the rest of the juice for later use.

A jar of garlic juice with whole garlic on a wooden table
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Immune-Boosting Garlic Juice Recipe

Have this drink first thing in the morning for better health!
Prep Time45 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Juice
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: garlic,, garlic juice
Appliance: Blender, Juicer
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Ishani Bose

Ingredients

  • 48 cloves of garlic

Instructions

  • To make garlic juice, peel the skin of all the garlic cloves and wash them thoroughly. 
  • Blend the garlic cloves in a blender, or juicer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Strain the garlic pulp through a fine sieve. Slowly pour the garlic juice through a coffee filter.
  • Once done, keep it in an airtight glass bowl, inside a refrigerator, to ensure its odor doesn't spread.

Notes

While most people like to have garlic juice without a sweetener, there are a few people who like to have the juice sweet. In such cases, you can add a teaspoon of honey, agave nectar, and brown sugar. Usually, you can refrigerate the juice for 2-3 weeks depending on how many garlic you have used to make the juice. 

Side Effects

Drinking excess garlic juice can cause various side effects like:

  • Bleeding: The anticoagulant nature of garlic’s active ingredients can exacerbate bleeding disorders and should be avoided before or after surgery. Also, avoid intake along with other anticoagulant drugs.
  • Stomach issues: Avoid consuming garlic juice on an empty stomach as its concentrated dose can irritate the stomach, causing diarrhea, excessive gas, weight loss, nausea, and cramping, as well as dizziness or headaches.
  • Allergies: Some people may have topical and internal allergies and should avoid use.

Do consult a doctor before adding this concentrated juice to your health regimen.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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