Is garlic recommended for detoxing your body?

Updated July 20, 2017

Body detox

An unfortunate fact of modern life is that we are constantly exposed to toxins in our environment. They are in the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink. Toxins accumulating in our bodies can cause health problems. The goal of a body detox is to support natural elimination processes and to get the body to an optimal level of health. The body cleanses the toxins mainly through the kidneys, liver and skin. Special detox formulas can be used to stimulate and normalise digestion, metabolism and elimination processes. A healthy diet is an important part of detox. An ideal detox diet does not contain coffee, sugar, alcohol, grains or processed foods.

Effects of garlic

Garlic belongs in the same plant class as onions, chives and leeks. Humans have been using garlic for at least 3,000 years as a food and medicine. Alcohol extracts, garlic oil and capsules are available for therapeutic use. Garlic is a very potent antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral herb, mostly due to its sulphur compound allicin. Allicin is produced as a result of an enzyme reaction. To get the most health benefits from fresh, raw garlic, it should be crushed and kept in room temperature for 15 minutes before cooking or consuming. Garlic can be helpful in an attempt to reduce the toxic load in the body and in helping the organs with elimination processes. Garlic can lower cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose levels.


From age 18 for overall good health, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends;: 2 to 5g fresh garlic, 0.4 to 1.2g of dried powder, 2 to 5mg oil, 300 to 1,000mg of extract, or other formulations equal to 2 to 5mg of allicin daily. Garlic should be taken with food or plenty of fluids to avoid indigestion.


Consult a professional health practitioner before beginning a detox programme. Consider joining a controlled detox group or going to a facility to detox under a health-care professional. Chronically ill people should always be under the supervision of a physician while detoxing. Garlic may interact with, or inhibit the absorption of, prescription drugs. Garlic and blood-thinning drugs are not a good mix since garlic increases the thinning effect. Garlic increases the risk of bleeding and is not recommended for pregnant women. The amounts used in food are usually safe. Garlic can cause upset stomach if not taken with food. Whether taking garlic capsules or eating raw garlic, the garlicky body odour can become a problem.

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About the Author

Tarja Anchor has been writing articles about holistic health and nutrition since 2001. Her experience and training with medicinal plants, organic farming and wild food resources serves her well in her current health-coaching practice. Anchor graduated as a holistic health practitioner in 2000.