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Thread: Eat raw garlic?

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    Super Member AlwaysQuilting's Avatar
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    I take blood pressure medication, so does a friend of mine.
    He says his 90 yr old, overweight grandmother refuses to go to a doctor but had high blood pressure (according to a neighbor nurse who checks her weekly). Instead of pills, she eats one or two cloves of raw garlic daily and her blood pressure is now normal and she never gets a cold etc.
    Has anyone ever heard of this?
    I like garlic but I don't know if I could eat it raw!!

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    I have heard that, but have never eaten it raw. I do use it a lot in cooking.

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    my sis in law used to keep a jar of pickled garlic by the sink and pop those in her mouth whenever she was at the sink. she swears by garlic.

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    My Uncle used to swallow a whole clove of garlic with some milk and lived to a ripe old age. He always said that the garlic kept him healthy.

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    So a couple of you seem to have heard of this? Tell me, did the people you know who ate so much garlic, smell like garlic? It tends to cling to me...or come out of my pores or something. That's why I'm worried. (yes I brush, gargle, shower.....lol)

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    My dad chops garlic, puts it in a jar and covers it with olive oil. He eats it by the spoonful and never smells like garlic but I understand that smell can be a problem. I was also told not to put olive oil on garlic but not sure why. Dad has not had a problem. He is 83 and plans to be here another 10 years. They told me Sunday that they buy the pickled garlic too and are looking for a good recipe to make their own.

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    I love garlic and use it a lot in cooking. I've also heard the smell can work it's way out of the skin but so far no one has said anything to me. Hmmmmm....maybe they're just being polite and don't want to hurt my feelings. LOL!!! Have also read there are many health benefits to eating it.

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    Isnt garlic it own food group?

    I never eaten it raw but we eat it pretty regularly around here that and hot peppers and hot sauce. As far as I know we dont stink around here and I have never had anyone run from me yet...... :lol:


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    Garlic is a natural anitibiotic.I take garlic capsules (the odorless kind). It is also good for keeping mosquitoes from biting. I take one/day. I get very few mosquito bites.

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    Hubs is full-blown Italian. His Dad did the same thing and never had health issues.

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    I've never heard of raw garlic lowering blood pressure, but I do have a friend who gives her dogs each a piece of raw garlic every other day. She claims it keeps them from having fleas.

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    MY DGF ate raw garlic once then we went to a bridal shower. She let me know what she'd done and asked me to let her know if her breath got stinky so she could pop in a mint. Well, I told her a few times and she'd pop in the mint...as the day wore on it got warm and the last time I told her to take a mint she already had one in her mouth! We then realized it was no longer just her breath but her body too...it was sooo funny. We were sitting on a couch and someone would come over and sit by her and within a few minutes they'd move...she finally had to confess to the room full of women what she'd done. We all just rolled with laughter! Thanks for the memory!

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    It is used in dog food to keep bugs from bitting them

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    My mom eats raw garlic. She swears by it. Me, I just put tons in my cooking

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    I also have heard that raw garlic is good for you. And you can chop it up into pill-sized pieces and swallow them with a chaser.

    I tried it last year, but I asked DH to let me know if I was starting to ... smell like the garlic. Two days after I started my raw-garlic program he gave me the bad news.

    On the up side, I think I read somewhere that if you smell of garlic it will keep the biting insects away.

    Trouble is, it might keep people away, too! :?

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