Health Benefits of Ginger and Garlic – Natures Medicines

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Ginger has been used as both seasoning and medicine for over 50 years. During the Middle Ages, it was used against the plague. Today, it is used for ailments that run from simple colds and sniffles to rheumatoid arthritis.

Its effectiveness against headaches has been documented. Taken at the first sign of migraine, ginger can reduce the symptoms and severity of headaches by blocking prostaglandins, the chemicals that cause inflammation in blood vessels in the brain. This anti-inflammatory activity in ginger can shorten the discomfort of headaches, colds and flu. Ginger blocks the production of substances that cause bronchial congestion and stuffiness. Its main compounds, gingerols, are natural cough suppressants.

It works as well to reduce joint swellings in people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. A recent study found that ginger eased the symptoms in 55 percent of people with osteoarthritis and 74 percent of those with rheumatoid arthritis. Considering the health implications of drugs like Vioxx and Celebrex, ginger seems a much safer and more cost-effective alternative.

Ginger works like aspirin to thin the blood. A study involving Danish women between the ages of 25 to 65 years, one group of whom consumed 70 grams of raw onion daily while a second group consumed 5 grams of ginger daily for one week, showed unequivocally the benefits of ginger. When the researchers tested both groups of women, they found that ginger, more clearly than onion, reduced thromboxane production by almost 60 percent. Thromboxane compounds stimulate the clumping of blood platelets and the constricting of blood vessels. By dissolving the clumping quality of blood platelets, ginger reduces blood clots and the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Ginger can also relieve menstrual cramps. Chemical compounds in ginger act as anti-spasmodics inhibiting painful contractions of both smooth muscles of the digestive tract and the uterus.


Garlic is no less powerful. The restorative powers of garlic have been known to the ancient Egyptians who gave garlic to slaves constructing the pyramids in order to increase their efficiency and stamina.

Garlic, like ginger, reduces the tendency of blood to clot. Garlic improves blood flow throughout the body, not just in the coronary arteries. It acts as a vasodilator by causing blood vessels to expand and blood pressure to drop. Researchers at the Garlic Research Bureau in Suffolk, England, recently reported that “even small amounts of Garlic, say 3 or 4 grams, will have a pronounced effect on fibrinolytic (breaking down of blood clots) activity in doses from 25 grams ( 10 cloves) to 50 grams. Garlic seems to be highly effective in promoting beneficial changes in blood fat composition and platelet adhesiveness.”

Garlic also lowers cholesterol, tryglycerides and LDL cholesterol levels while also increasing the beneficial cholesterol HDL.

Garlic may have some anti-tumor properties. Garlic oil inhibits enzymes that curtail the production of protaglandins (many cancers are prostaglandin dependent). Research in China also shows an inverse relationship between the incidence of stomach cancer and garlic intake. Studies even suggest that garlic may lower the risk of colon cancer by 35 percent and stomach cancer by as much as 50 percent. Garlic inhibits the formation of nitrites, chemicals that could trigger stomach cancer. There have also been claims that garlic can shrink cancers of the breast, skin and lungs. Finally, the essential oils in garlic are excreted through the lungs, which means that it is particularly effective for clearing respiratory ailments.

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  146 comments for “Health Benefits of Ginger and Garlic – Natures Medicines

  1. oluwole seun
    May 21, 2009 at 9:52 am

    can garlic and ginger be blended together to boost the immune system against tuberculosis. and in what quantity.
    thank you

  2. MotleyHealth
    May 22, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Pretty sure that you cannot overdose on fresh ginger and garlic, so really it is as much as you can stomach.

  3. Mr Humphrey
    July 9, 2009 at 7:21 am

    does ginger and garlic impact positively or does it help reduce diabetes?

  4. MotleyHealth
    July 9, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    They are certainly healthy. As for diabetes, this is still under investigation. The Department of Nutrition, Chung Shan Medical University in Taiwan researched this and stated that “there is no general agreement on the use of garlic for antidiabetic purposes, primarily because of a lack of scientific evidence from human studies and inconsistent data from animal studies.” Also, “Evidence suggests that garlic’s antioxidative, antiinflammatory, and antiglycative properties are responsible for garlic’s role in preventing diabetes progression and the development of diabetes-related complications. Large-scale clinical studies with diabetic patients are warranted to confirm the usefulness of garlic in the treatment and prevention of diabetes.” Source: Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, Liu CT, Sheen LY, Lii CK – Abstract.

    Basically, studies have suggested that there is a benefit of eat garlic and ginger in treating diabetes, but scientists cannot currently prove the theory due to overall inconclusive results.

  5. Prafulla Chandra
    July 16, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    I boil a teaspoonful of ginger-garlic paste and then filter the mixture into a paste of black pepper, lime, honey & a pinch of salt. I drink this on an empty stomach daily. Is it okay or should I change the quantities/components ?

  6. MotleyHealth
    July 17, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Sounds OK. If you are not suffering, then I really see no harm in it.

  7. Onolapo Ismail
    August 13, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Does ginger and garlic have any adverse effect to health if taken too much?

  8. MotleyHealth
    August 14, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Too much ginger has been known to act as a laxative in some people, and also it can irritate the small intestine. Garlic is also very potent and in excess could cause some digestive problems. Be sensible, increase your daily intake slowly, if you feel at all unwell, cut back. You do not need to eat it by the bucket load to live a healthier life!

  9. MotleyHealth
    September 18, 2009 at 3:52 am
  10. kizito
    September 18, 2009 at 2:43 am

    Do ginger and garlic encourage weight loss? What food items encourage weight loss?

  11. jiebo
    September 19, 2009 at 11:55 am

    garlic & ginger can cure hypertension & can reduce cholesterol?

  12. MotleyHealth
    September 29, 2009 at 5:59 am

    They can help, but are not a cure. A balanced approach is required – all round healthy diet and exercise.

  13. Ashfaq Orakzai
    October 16, 2009 at 5:26 am

    From the experiments I have proved that ginger is natural enemy of high blood pressure and it reduces high blood pressure when it can not be controlled by medicines also it reduces cholesterol level but medicines should not be avoided for those who have been prescribed medicines for these diseases.

  14. MotleyHealth
    October 17, 2009 at 7:14 am

    Have the results of these experiments been published in a journal or online?

  15. adeyeye
    November 12, 2009 at 10:59 am

    how many time can diabetic patient take ginger and garlic in a day.can ginger-garlic reduce big stomach

  16. MotleyHealth
    November 12, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Adeyeye, you should consult your GP/doctor regarding this really. Taking ginger and garlic will not reduce a big stomach. Eating less food, healthier food and being more active will.

  17. MITCH
    January 22, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I take 1 table spoon fresh juice (extracted from jucer) of garlic n ginger together daily. Is it ok to take them together. OR Is there any side effect of them.

  18. MotleyHealth
    January 22, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Hi Mitch, the known side effects of taking too much ginger and garlic are mentioned above, i.e. digestive problems. If you are not suffering then it is OK.

  19. Joo
    February 21, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Can ginger and garlic help in impotence and poor libido

  20. MotleyHealth
    February 21, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    I do not know. There is only one way to find out though, try it.

  21. johnson
    May 25, 2010 at 7:29 am

    l want to know if taken the mixture of garlic and ginger blended together can cure venereal disease.

  22. MotleyHealth
    May 26, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I think that is unlikely Johnson, best see a qualified doctor.

  23. Dike
    May 27, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I cut ginger and garlic in small particles, add boiled water and honey and then drink it as tea. does the boiled water destroy the nutrients in the ginger, garlic and honey? Secondly, is it healthy to drink the ginger/garlic paste that are being sold in the shop the same way as I drink the fresh ones.

  24. MotleyHealth
    May 27, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Hi Dike. It is better to simmer the garlic and ginger rather than boil, and then add the honey afterwards once the tea has been poured into a cup. You can use the pastes, but fresh is always best and the paste will lose some nutrients in the processing.

  25. Dike
    May 27, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    I am a man with a very fat bottom, like a woman. Is there any nutritional food or work out that can reduce my big bum?

  26. MotleyHealth
    May 27, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Diet and exercise is the only way. There are no special foods that will help, only foods that help boost metabolism a little. The key is cutting back on calories, eating less sugar and more protein, and exercising.

  27. Grizelda
    June 25, 2010 at 5:55 am

    I also heard about the garlic and ginger mix for lowering high sugar levels. Ive tried the raw garlic and ginger(made into a paste), with tap water 3 times a day. Tried it this morning and sugar level came down with .9,so i will be using that mixture with my diabetic medication.

  28. MotleyHealth
    July 14, 2010 at 6:43 am

    Well, hopefully the ginger and garlic will help it stay down. Do you eat a generally low GI diet?

  29. emeka okafor
    July 14, 2010 at 5:21 am

    please can you send a good food that will make my to grow fat she is five finding it difficult to eat.

  30. MotleyHealth
    July 14, 2010 at 5:40 am

    Emeka, if your child is well, that is happy and healthy, then she is probably eating enough.

  31. Grizelda
    July 14, 2010 at 5:51 am

    I have tried the raw ginger and garlic with tap water, and i found that it reduced my blood sugar level.

  32. MotleyHealth
    July 14, 2010 at 6:00 am

    That is good Grizelda. How did you monitor your blood sugar? Do you have your own glucose meter?

  33. Grizelda
    July 14, 2010 at 6:10 am

    I do have my own glucose meter, but i only test my sugar level every alternate day. I don’t know if its the right way, but it works for me.

  34. Grizelda
    July 14, 2010 at 7:13 am

    I start my day with low gi cereal and skimmed or low fat milk. For lunch i will have low gi bread/health bread with cucumber and cheese/peanut butter. I also have 3 fruits a day, lots of water and green tea. For supper will have stew or grille chicken/fish with veggies. I really try to eat healthy but its not easy, but i have lost 7 kg in the past 3 mnths.

  35. linda
    September 26, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    is it ok for pregnant women to take raw ginger and garlic. any effect on the baby

  36. MotleyHealth
    September 26, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    I am not aware of any ill effect of raw ginger and garlic. Obviously you should take these in moderation. Folic acid and iron supplements are important during pregnancy and avoided vitamin A is also important. There have actually been studies on using garlic to prevent of pre-eclampsia, however, results have so far been inconclusive. It was also thought that moderate garlic may help reduce gestational hypertension (high blood pressure) but again research has not shown this to be the case.

    Ginger is safe and can help to relieve morning sickness. You can take it in several forms to, ginger tea, ginger ale or ginger biscuits.

  37. Anthony Stephen
    December 28, 2010 at 11:15 am

    This is a free-tip for those health conscious folks who already know the health benefits of ginger and garlic. I suggest there blend it with ground bitter kola as tea and sweeten with organic honey. For them this can be called THE MAGIC TONIC, not just for the liver, but for all-round wellness. —- Anthony Stephen.

  38. victoria
    February 7, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    is it good for breastfeeding woman to take galic and ginger

  39. MotleyHealth
    February 7, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    The general recommendation is that both are OK in moderation. The garlic flavor may get passed on to the milk and this can lead to latching problems in some cases, but not always, and the issue is generally it takes a little longer for a baby to latch. Ginger should be avoided for several weeks after child birth, especially if you lost a lot of blood, as it can thin the blood and cause more bleeding. Ginger is helpful for the letdown and milk flow though, so when all is well, some ginger is good. If in any doubt consult with your midwife, health visitor, nurse or doctor.

  40. victoria
    February 9, 2011 at 11:55 am

    is garlic and ginger good for children

  41. MotleyHealth
    February 9, 2011 at 11:57 am

    AS part of a well balanced diet they are good, use in cooked meals.

  42. bb
    February 10, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    did garlic and ginger reduce big stomack

  43. MotleyHealth
    February 10, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    No, they do not help you lose weight or stomach fat. Following a structured weight loss plan is the best way to lose stomach fat.

  44. Danielle
    February 17, 2011 at 2:50 am

    For severe sinus congestion/infection from a cold can you take garlic and ginger pills or do you really need to eat raw garlic? I get a lot of heartburn from too much garlic specifically raw. What would be the right dosage per day of each?

  45. MotleyHealth
    February 17, 2011 at 10:19 am

    If you get heartburn from raw garlic then it would seem sensible to take a supplement. As for dosage, go with what is recommended on the label.

  46. oke ade
    March 5, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    1. with regards to controlling blood pressure,could you please let me know if it is better to boil the clove of garlic in water before eating or to eat it fresh?

    2. is there any herb that can be eaten with or added to garlic to stop its repugnant (disgusting & foul) smell?, especially when you are in the office environment which is usually enclosed (i keep belching and i become ashamed, cant even mix with people)?

    3. whats the use of parsley?

    4. i like blending fresh garlic, ginger root and parsley together and then boil for about five minutes and then allow to cool and then kept in the fridge for use for about 2 days- is anything wrong with this?

  47. MotleyHealth
    March 5, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    1. I really do not know to what extent cooking garlic destroys its health properties. Some properties are destroyed with cooking, others less so.
    2. If the smell is a problem why not take a garlic supplement instead? Or just smell garlicky.
    3. Good question. Some people (herbalists) say it reduces blood pressure. It aids the absorption of manganese which can increase bone density.
    4. Cannot think of anything being wrong with that.

  48. Nick
    April 3, 2011 at 6:36 am

    1. It may reduce the incidence of high blood pressure and heart attacks.

    There can be more than one cause of heart attacks.

    You guys sound like “health nuts” in that you aren’t thinking all the way through. Heart attacks could be caused by deterioration of the blood vessel wall – or by blood clots that have less to do with platelets than with different factors like bad cholesterol and saturated fats.

    If you reduce the hormone that is tied to platelet production, you are thought to be reducing platelet production, and also – you have stated [and I could go wrong from this point on, just taking your word for it! How many human ideas have gone off the rails because of this?] that it is tied to the tightness of the veins.

    There are a number of concerns.

    So first of all, reducing he platelets and the ability of the blood vessels to constrict could be a major health concern.

    For example, an older person falls, and breaks some blood vessels in their leg. In a normal person, this would cause a simple bruise, but because they have reduced their thrombosin count [and assuming that the body doesn't produce a synthetic alternative to thrombosin to restore platelet levels to whatever the mechanism counts as normal] -well, due to the lack of thrombosin, the body is unable to constrict the blood vessels and get enough platelets to the wound – so a simple fall bruise, becomes a major health concern.

    This is in fact what happened to my aunt recently – a simple fall, but due to her blood thinning regime, the wound was essentially unable to close, and then it became infected, she nearly lost her leg, and still has bruising over 12 months later. It’s about 18 months in fact. She is still recovering.

    She needs the blood thinners because she has an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, due to a preexisting health condition.

    In her case, taking the blood thinners, though it aggravated the damage from her fall, may have extended her quality of life for some years – so it’s worth it.

    However, if a person is normally healthy, I think they should really think twice before they take action that can significantly reduce their bodies ability to deal with traumatic injuries.

    A simple fall or a minor traffic accident can become a life changing experience when you have thin blood, and it’s worth considering the risk with responsible people.

    Platelets may well be in the new health craze, but like the fat craze of the 1980s and the carbohydrates craze since then, and the cholestorol craze, you are talking about vital bodily materials, for production and storage and distribution of important materials and energy.

    It may be the case that a more controlled and sedentary life has reduced the risk from major trauma, compared as an average over the human history, that renders such a platelet count as was normal to be less beneficial, and reducing the platelet count through special dietary action [or other medicine, actually, drugs might be considered dietary action when taken orally] COULD[italics] therefore be desirable amongst certain people.

    However, I still think that it’s a tradeoff, perhaps younger people who are feeling high blood pressure want to take steps to reduce their blood pressure that are received in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

    Daily breathing slow down – practicing as deeply and slowly breathing as possible, for 1/2 hr a day, or before bed, or both, or more – it may signal the body to reduce the rate of heart beat, and could help to steady the quality of the heart’s motion. The reduction in quantity of beats per minute could however, substantially reduces the blood pressure [unless the beats become as much harder as necessary for this, they may seem slightly harder but should be strong, not aggressive]

    Anyway, Cheers

  49. fatah
    July 2, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    can Garlic and Ginger raw daily intake increase energy and focus in weight-lifting sports ?

  50. MotleyHealth
    July 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Hi Fatah, I am not aware of any research that supports this idea. Weight lifting sports require excellent, near optimal, nutrition. Garlic and ginger can certainly play a role in a balanced diet, however, they are unlikely to give you a major competitive edge.

  51. hellymosco
    July 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Is Ginger and Onions boiled together and take like tea ok for consumption? or is there any side effect?

    secondly, does it boost sperm count?

  52. MotleyHealth
    July 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    No harm in boiling them and drinking a tea, so long as you do not go overboard. As for sperm count, that is less clear. Ginger may certainly help with sperm count and sperm health. See this research paper for more information: “The effects of Ginger on spermatogenesis and sperm parameters of rat” by Arash Khaki and others, Iranian Journal of Reproductive Medicine Vol.7. No.1. pp: 7-12, Winter 2009. Source: (PDF document)

  53. leslie
    October 19, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    what is the main benefit of boiling ginger and garlic

  54. MotleyHealth
    October 20, 2011 at 11:58 am

    As with all food, cooking breaks down the cells to make the nutrients easier to digest. Boiling can remove some goodness though.

  55. Adiel
    October 30, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    1. After blending d 2 herbs do u need 2 sieve out d shaft or take it like dat?
    2. What is d quantity of water 2 be added 2 a particular quantity of d herbs 4 efficient result?

  56. MotleyHealth
    October 30, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    You should be eating the garlic and herbs, although sieving / straining would be like drinking a tea. Garlic can be eaten raw and that may be the best method.

  57. folashade
    December 12, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    i av small breasts that made people embarrass me even after 2 children.can i get help using garlic n ginger?

  58. MotleyHealth
    December 12, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Sorry, I do not think that either garlic or ginger will help. You really should not be embarrassed though, learn to love your body.

  59. Simon Rice
    February 11, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I suffer from high blood pressure and I wish to know that if I was to drink ginger or garlic tea, how long would it take for me to notice a the difference.

  60. MotleyHealth
    February 11, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Really impossible to say Simon. Do you exercise? Really you should focus on eating a healthy diet and exercising often.

  61. Chi
    February 29, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Can garlic, ginger, onions and honey when blend together help in poor erection?

  62. MotleyHealth
    February 29, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Maybe Chi, any improvements in blood circulation should help. Try it and see.

  63. mike
    March 10, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Can garlic, ginger, onions and honey when blend together help in poor erection?
    and cure of staphcol

  64. MotleyHealth
    March 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    No idea Mike. Try it and see. What is staphcol?

  65. louis
    March 13, 2012 at 9:49 am

    1.i blended ginger and garlic den pour it in a bottle…den make tea with lipton yellow label only pour little ginger n garlic juice in the bottle into the tea and then squeeze lime into it,pls is it okay or should i still add honey for a better result

    2.pls can it reduce quick ejaculation or what can take to reduce quick ejaculation

  66. MotleyHealth
    March 13, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Hi Louis, the recipe sounds OK. There is no specific recipe really. As for your second question, I do not think so.

  67. Meg
    March 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Can garlic and ginger help with bacterial infections like BV?

  68. MotleyHealth
    March 16, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    As a part of a healthy diet and healthy lifestyle they can strengthen your immune system which will help fight infections. If you have a persistent medical condition then you really should speak to a doctor.

  69. blessing
    April 27, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Does garlic and ginger blended together help in eliminating acidity (burn in the stomach)?

  70. MotleyHealth
    April 27, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Garlic and ginger are both moderately alkaline which means that they can neutralise acid, in theory. However, in the article “Acid/Alkaline Theory of Disease Is Nonsense” Dr. Gabe Mirkin says “no foods change the acidity of anything in your body except your urine“.

  71. graceamazing
    April 30, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Can i soak garlic & ginger together with cool boiled water for drinking?What is best time to drink ginger & garlic water? Before food or after.

  72. MotleyHealth
    April 30, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I do not see why not. Why not put the garlic and ginger in your food?

  73. Carol. Beckford
    May 6, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Hi, I blended garlic and ginger into a juice. It was very potent and strong. I drank it,and eversince I had a running stomach and gas. The running stomach has stopped,but the gas is still there. Did I drink too much of the juice? Or what do you think?Thanks.

  74. MotleyHealth
    May 6, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Carol, how much did you have? I would suggest that you did have too much, as that sort of reaction is not the desired result.

  75. Adam
    May 11, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    For the garlic and ginger, is it ok if I blend them together and then add a little water and honey without boiling and take it like that and if so how often

  76. MotleyHealth
    May 12, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Hi Adam. Yes, you can eat raw garlic. Honey will take the edge off too. How often? Up to you really. Once a day should be fine.

  77. buki
    May 12, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I take garlic and ginger everyday.I blend them with my fruits(banana,pineppale,banana,avocada).n I urinate more than 5times after drinking it.just want to know if its very healthy?

  78. MotleyHealth
    May 12, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    sounds healthy.

  79. Adam
    May 13, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Yes, what kills the smell after consuming this mix because i kind of find it hard as it stays with me like for the rest of the day

  80. MotleyHealth
    May 13, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Not much you can do about that really.

  81. Adam
    May 17, 2012 at 1:00 am

    I have tried to take ginger and garlic with honey and without but every time i have had this funny chest pain that is on and off.Could this have anything top do with this mix?

  82. MotleyHealth
    May 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Likely to be connected with what you are eating if it happens just after. Maybe indigestion, acid reflux etc. Better to not consume it if it is making you feel unwell. Just add garlic to your cooking more.

  83. Adam
    May 19, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Thanks will do that!

  84. Adam
    May 20, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    is brown sugar good for health as compared to white sugar?

  85. MotleyHealth
    May 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Not really no.

  86. Abdou LJ Jammeh
    May 31, 2012 at 10:35 am

    1.Chopping and squeesing garlic and ginger raw into water and be using it as deseart after meal is it good?

    2.Chewing garlic raw can it inhibite snake bit? if sure,how often?
    3.Squeesing ginger into water can it be used to relieve or kill headache and stomach pain?

    4. Chewing garlic before intercourse can it pay divident of staying longer.

    5.what is the difference btw garlic and onoin interms of ingredients availability.

  87. MotleyHealth
    May 31, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Hi Abdou, some interesting questions. Personally I would not have garlic is a dessert! If you get bitten by a snake best to seek medical aid asap. Doubt garlic would cure a headache, there may be a placebo effect. If garlic provides improvements to blood circulation then it is certainly not an instant effect, besides, would not be too nice for your partner if you have just been chewing garlic! A for the differences between onions and garlic, start by reading the Wikipedia pages on each.

  88. Joyce
    June 18, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Can garlic cure cervical polyp?

  89. MotleyHealth
    June 18, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    It is possible that it may help Joyce, there is probably no harm in trying. Failing that speak to a doctor regarding having a polypectomy (surgical removal).

  90. Orlando
    July 6, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I found your article very useful.I shy away from taking ginger and garlic because they cause body and mouth odour,especially garlic.However,because of their health benefits I wish to start taking them.The odour they cause is it permanent? In other words if I start taking garlic and ginger regularly,am I bound to have permanent body and mouth odour? How do I avert that? Thanks

  91. MotleyHealth
    July 7, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Hi Orlando, use them in cooking and there will be no big odour.

    July 11, 2012 at 7:02 am

    There has been quite some times that a recipe been circulating on the globe, claiming that it would open blocked artries of heart. The recipe is like mis one cup each of fresh ginger, fresh garlic, apple viniger and lemon. Simmer/boil them to reduce into one cup (four cups reduced to one); then add three cups of honey. Take one table spoon every morning for one month and you would have all your artries cleaned. Have you heard of this and what is your opinion on this. only the lemon seems me odd, the other four ingredients seems fine. Please advice.

  93. MotleyHealth
    July 11, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Not heard of that Tahir. Really, if someone has blocked arteries then a total lifestyle change is required and some medical attention. It is probably too late for some garlic and ginger to help a great deal, not to say it will not help at all of course. But in these situations professional medical advice is the first step. Then lifestyle change.

  94. Orlando
    July 12, 2012 at 5:51 am

    Thanks for your answer.I remove the back of ginger before using it.Is that unnecessary? Moreover, I prefer to grind the garlic and ginger.Is that ok? How best do I maximize the nutrients in them? If I cook food with ginger and garlic without refridgerating it;only warming it,how many days can their(ginger and garlic) nutrients be effective before wearing out?

  95. MotleyHealth
    July 12, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Peeling ginger is fine. Fresh ginger keeps OK for a few weeks, store it in a cool, dry, dark place. The longer garlic is cooked, the more nutrients are lost. One option is to add some to a meal 5 minutes before the cooking is finished to preserve most of the nutrients. Garlic can be frozen to help preserve the nutrients for longer. Break up the cloves and store them in a bag in the freezer.

  96. abey
    December 2, 2012 at 2:35 am

    I find your piece very interesting and educating.I mistakenly gave my children(5 or 6 year old) raw garlic to eat instead of cooking.Hope raw garlic has no side effects on children?

  97. gracia jones
    December 15, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    i squashed garlic, ginger and bitter kola into a half bottle of honey. and i take it every morning before i eat. wat are ith medical benefits. i am an asthmatic patient could it be a good tip? does that mixture help to clear any pelvic inflamatory disease?

  98. MotleyHealth
    December 16, 2012 at 5:51 am

    Hi Gracia, unfortunately it is not possible to say for sure. Do you feel better for taking it?

  99. Joy
    March 21, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Joy on 21st March, 2013
    before now I used to have a very painful menstrual pain, but this month I use ginger and garlic, could you believe me that right now am menstruating but am not felling any pain unlike before. so it is try that ginger and garlic is powerful.

    thanks for your educative advice on the uses of ginger and garlic.

  100. MotleyHealth
    March 21, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Great to hear that Joy.

  101. lazarus
    March 22, 2013 at 9:58 am

    drinking of lemon juice after taking a garlic reduces the adour

  102. uchenna
    April 12, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    does taking raw ginger and garlic have any side effect? i blend a little of both most mornings with fruits and drink.

  103. MotleyHealth
    April 12, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Hi Uchenna, there are no common side effects, garlic and ginger are very common foods. However, that does not mean that you will be immune to side effects. If you have been consuming them daily with no ill effects then there seems to be no reason to worry though.

  104. suresh
    June 24, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Hi all,Having gone through the discussions,i too would like to share the experience.I have gastric (burning sensation in stomach that reaches till by back spinal sometimes).I was advised to use ginger,garlic smashed & soak overnight in a teaspoon of honey.In the morning ,empty stomach i am having it & then drinking a glass of warm water.I have just started a couple of days.However I see no immediate relief. Pls advise am I going in the right path.Also the odour is very trouble some.I need to chew bubble gums during the day.I would try lemon juice as advised above.Lets see.

  105. MotleyHealth
    June 24, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Give lemon a go, let us know if it works for you.

  106. kessy nyong
    June 28, 2013 at 6:30 am

    I have been taking garlic with ginger everyday, will it reduce the fat in my stomach?

  107. MotleyHealth
    June 28, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Hi Kessy, no it will not.

  108. hammed abiola
    July 5, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    1. Can garlic and ginger cure erectile dysfunction permanently? if it can, for how many month can it be used before it cure erectile dysfunction.

    2. Can garlic and ginger help in enhancing male organ.
    I will be looking forward in hearing from you soon

  109. MotleyHealth
    July 5, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    It depends. If the problem is caused by blood flow problems then improving both fitness and your diet can help. You will need to take garlic daily for a few months though. There is a not a great deal of research on this, but this page is promising:

    If the problem is psychological then garlic will not help. As for enhancing, no.

  110. Mobolanle Muhammed
    July 8, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Pls, i had stomach surgery 4 months ago where i have cyst and little fibriod removed. 2weeks after the surgery, i started having pain on my back, it reduce,but started having pains around my abdomen and pelvic

  111. Mobolanle Muhammed
    July 8, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Pls, i had stomach surgery 4 months ago where i have cyst and little fibriod removed. 2weeks after the surgery, i started having pain on my back, it reduce,but started having pains around my abdomen and pelvic. I dont know if it is muscles or nerves that hurts. Can ginger and garlic work for me and for how long.

  112. MotleyHealth
    July 8, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Hi Mobolanle, if you have pains after surgery you need to speak to your doctor about it.

  113. kola
    July 10, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    pls, i want to know if ginger/ garlic is capable of curing prostate cancer

  114. MotleyHealth
    July 10, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Of course it is not. No cancer can be cured by any type of food or diet.

  115. Mbajiekwe ginikanwa
    July 15, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Ginger and galic is medicinal

  116. kechuks philips
    July 17, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I have gone through some of the interactions here.Pls Doc. what of onion and garlic?can the mixture help in infectious diseases like staph. and gonorrhea? thanks for all your candid advice and answers.

  117. Mevonomas
    July 21, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Thanks for the information, it was really helpful but i also want to know if garlic and ginger can be used to treat diabetes.

  118. MotleyHealth
    July 23, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Hi Mevonomas, garlic and ginger will not treat diabetes alone. You need to change your whole diet, and maybe take medication too. Speak to your doctor.

  119. Cindy zubby
    July 24, 2013 at 10:03 am

    For one who is trying to conceive can ginger tea prevent her from getting pregnant?

  120. MotleyHealth
    July 24, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    No Cindy.

  121. Beatrus
    July 29, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Will garlic and ginger really help in breast cancer?

  122. MotleyHealth
    July 29, 2013 at 11:58 am

    It is probably unlikely. There have been reports that those who eat more garlic are less likely to develop such cancers, but this may be more an indication of overall better health. People who eat fast food, smoke and drink to excess are less likely to prepare meals with fresh garlic.

    According to Cancer Research UK, “em>Very few studies of this type have studied garlic and cancer risk. In one recent study conducted in China, where stomach cancer is quite common, aged garlic extract and steam-distilled garlic oil did not prevent this disease.”


    Garlic is certainly not a cure for any cancer (or any other disease for that matter). But it may help to prevent some minor illnesses. It is most likely that those whole prepare their meals using fresh ingredients including garlic, and have a balanced diet and are generally healthy lifestyle are less likely to develop any form of disease, not just cancer.

  123. doyin
    July 31, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    What effect do raw garlic & ginger , ginseing multivamin capsule have on a person with alcoholic fatty liver?

  124. MotleyHealth
    July 31, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Ho Doyin, I do not know. If you have alcoholic fatty liver then the most important thing you can do is stop drinking completely and eat a healthy and balanced diet. Drink water.

    August 4, 2013 at 11:44 am


  126. kari
    August 16, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    pls doc, can ginger and garlic help in curing herpes simplex

  127. MotleyHealth
    August 16, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Hi Kari, there are no doctors here. However, there is no evidence that ginger and garlic can cure herpes simplex. In fact, nothing can – herpes simplex is an incurable virus. However, it can be managed, and boosting the immune system with a combination of healthy food and exercise will help. Stress, tiredness and poor diet often makes the condition worse.

  128. Mary
    August 19, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Is it good to blend some porportion of garlic and ginger, boiled together and make a drink with little honey added. What are d benefits? Kindly let me know if there is any side effect too.

  129. MotleyHealth
    August 19, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Hi Mary, both garlic and ginger have various health properties as mentioned above. Side effects are possible upset stomach if you body disagrees with it, but this is rare.

  130. Adejumo Grace
    August 21, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    what should i do to conceive

  131. MotleyHealth
    August 31, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Hi Adejumo, that is not something that we are qualified to answer.

  132. emeka
    September 10, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    interesting blog!
    i drink mixed garlic raw garlic juice and ginger juice every night. hope thats ok.
    i’m diabetic and hypertensive but uses drugs only for the high blood pressure.
    for diabetes i use diet and exercise. i check my blood sugar every morning.
    hope tha’s ok for me.
    many thanks for your inputs.

  133. MotleyHealth
    September 10, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Hi Emeka, if you are controlling your diabetes / glucose levels, it is OK.

  134. chichi
    October 15, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    does garlic ana ginger cure fibriod please I want to know.

  135. MotleyHealth
    October 16, 2013 at 12:40 am

    Hi Chichi, I have searched some scientific journals and cannot find anything conclusive. The Pakistan Journal of Nutrition published a paper which did conclude that there may be some improvement in fibroids in rats when given a garlic treatment.

    “Effect of Garlic Extracts on Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) Induced Fibroid in Wistar Rats” by G.O. Obochi, S.P. Malu, M. Obi-Abang, Y. Alozie and M.A. Iyam. Research paper (PDF):

    There are many other studies, but I am not sure how accurate they are, or if they are unbiased. Really is it best to seek professional medical advice from a conventional doctor.

  136. gideon benard
    December 19, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Ginger and galic are good 4 d body,nd dey match 2geda,bt d most funny part is that i dnt eat any of dem,cus it smells alot.

  137. Ahmed
    December 25, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I would to know I had a problem on high blood pressure never control last 5 years and medicine isn’t help me any thing any body had any I D what can I reduce to that please thank you

  138. MotleyHealth
    December 25, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Hi Ahmen. Your diet, exercise and weight all affect blood pressure. Have you improved your diet and started exercising? Are you overweight. Work on these three things, but also speak to your doctor again as there may be other medications to try.

  139. tope
    January 1, 2014 at 8:02 am

    I want 2 kno how my Tommy can reduce

  140. MotleyHealth
    January 2, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Tope, look at the articles in the weight loss section – all the answers are there.

  141. abenga
    January 5, 2014 at 12:10 am


  142. MotleyHealth
    January 5, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    There is some evidence to suggest that it will help. However, it should not be your only solution. You need to change your diet and possibly exercise more too.

    Some research: Garlic as a lipid lowering agent–a meta-analysis by Silagy C, Neil A

  143. inara tekenah
    January 26, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Would like to know if it is ok for me to blend garlic and gingar together and then leave over night and drink half a glass every day like juice?becouse is what I do every other day.

  144. MotleyHealth
    January 26, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Probably, should be OK.

  145. oma
    January 30, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Does ginger and garlic cure toilet infection like candida .

  146. MotleyHealth
    January 31, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Hi Oma, for such an infection you really need some medicine, candida can be very persistent.

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