Healthy Uses for Garlic

Nurs Clin North Am. 2021 Mar;56(1):153-156. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2020.12.001.


Garlic originated in West China and has been used for its health qualities since 2600 bc. Garlic was brought to Great Britain in 1548 from the Mediterranean Sea. Early uses of garlic were to treat gastric infections, fevers, and diarrhea. Fresh garlic has the most health benefits through the compound allicin. Health benefits of garlic include the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, antioxidant effects, antimicrobial effects, and reduction of cancer risks.

Keywords: Anti-inflammatory; Antioxidant; Garlic; Herbal medicine; Hypolipidemia.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antioxidants / therapeutic use*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Garlic*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Phytotherapy / methods*


  • Antioxidants