Garlic powder is the dried, powdered version of natural garlic bulbs. Garlic has been used as a traditional medicine for many years. It offers unique health benefits that make it a useful household remedy for many different ailments.1 Many people find that using garlic powder as opposed to raw garlic or garlic in supplement form is more convenient and cost effective when taken as a natural remedy. Garlic powder is commonly used as a seasoning for pizza sauce or as a spice in other meals. It’s often included in spice mixes you can buy at any local grocery store or it can be purchased on its own. You can also make homemade garlic powder using real homegrown or store-bought bulbs
There are many garlic powder benefits for health as garlic is a versatile and beneficial herb. Garlic contains important vitamins and nutrients, including a unique antioxidant called allicin. Traditional garlic uses include being a treatment for wounds or parasitic infections and intestinal conditions.1 More recently, research has highlighted the important garlic powder benefits in treating or preventing cancers and reducing the overall risk of cancer.
Specific studies looked at how garlic powder supplements could help prevent stomach and colon cancers specifically.1 2 Garlic powder has also been researched for its role in preventing heart disease. Specifically, garlic powder has shown to have a positive effect on cholesterol levels. It can help reduce the buildup of cholesterol along arterial walls and increase the elimination of bad cholesterol in stools. Garlic powder may also help to inhibit blood clotting, lower inflammation and control hypertension (high blood pressure).1 Other garlic powder benefits include:1 2
Garlic powder uses for treating and preventing health conditions include:
There are no serious or severe garlic powder side effects. However, taking it in high doses may produce garlic powder side effects like body odor or indigestion.1