Surprising Health Benefits of Garlic You Don’t Know About

Most of us think of garlic as a delicious (and sometimes absolutely necessary) ingredient in some of our favorite dishes. There may be a little more to this delicious little bulb, though — garlic actually has some major health benefits, so much so that it’s even sold as a health supplement or as a vitamin in some stores. Let’s find out a little more about these little bits of goodness that can provide a health boost (unless you are a vampire, of course).

Garlic’s overall health benefits

Physician Dr. Tania Elliott notes there are tons of benefits to consuming garlic (aside from making your dinner that much better). “Garlic has both anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties,” she tells SheKnows. “It works to modify certain chemicals in the immune system responsible for fighting viruses and bacteria and also targets inflammatory cells. Our bodies heal, and inflammation is part of the body’s immune response. Inflammation, when it is out of control, can damage the body and is thought to play a role in obesity, heart disease and cancer.”

Let’s take a look at a few scientific studies and find out what national health care organizations, such as the National Cancer Institute, feel about this delicious little morsel.