Garlic is practically a one-stop-shop when it comes to vitamins. It’s highly nutritious, loaded with all the fortification you need to fight off sickness, and strengthen your immune system.
If you’re not in the mood to get a cold this fall, you have got to give garlic a go. Garlic consumption has been shown to reduce the length of colds by 70%, and can also aid with a whole host of medical issues, including high blood pressure and is rich in antioxidants.
But what if the taste of garlic is little too strong for you? You’re in luck. When taken as a supplement, garlic has been shown to (possible) be more effective as a physical fortifier. For this reason, we’ve put together a list of garlic supplements on the market for your browsing pleasure.
1. Nature’s Bounty Garlic
Source: Nature’s Bounty Garlic
One user says: “I have used garlic for a number of years not only for cardiovascular health but I have found that garlic is effective at helping keep a cold at bay and for fighting off a cold once I get it. So, garlic has been part of my regular cold fighter routine. I have tried different brands of garlic pills, including tablets (coated and uncoated) and the gel cap versions of garlic. I personally think that the coated tablets are more effective than the gel cap and uncoated versions. I am also not so sure that the gel cap versions contain as much garlic as they indicate either.”
2. Solaray Garlic
Source: Solaray Garlic
One user says: “is potent and strong. works but if you take more than one you will get it on your breath”
Source: Aged Black Garlic
One user says: “I found out I had high blood pressure 2 weeks ago and as a skinny 33 year old that’s a tough pill to swallow. I started taking these a week ago but in full disclosure I started taking this as well as a change of diet and exercise everyday. Ok well about 15 minutes each day on weekdays and an an hour of walking on the weekend. My morning ritual is take 2 of these, an omega 3 supplement and a tablespoon of apple cider vinger. But in 1 week this was my result, yea it’s still high but it’s pretty good for only 1 week.”
4. Nature’s Bounty Odorless Garlic
Source: Nature’s Bounty Odorless Garlic
Tom Says: “We us garlic as part of a daily health maintenance nutrition supplementation. We consider the Natures Bounty brand to be a quality product. In this case we ordered two bottles. One was in perfect condition, but the second was totally melted into a blob. So we just tossed that bottle.”
5. Zhou Extra Strength Garlic
Source: Zhou Extra Strength Garlic
Emmanuel says: “With sustained usage of this product (three months) my blood pressure dropped from 145/90 to 129/70 on two tablets per day. The only other change I made was walking 30 minutes every other day and cutting down on processed high-sodium foods. This is a perfectly reasonable approach that may help you taper off medication eventually, with your doctor’s supervision of course.”
6. Himalaya Garlic
Source: Himalaya Garlic
One user says: ” have used this product line before and it seems reputable to me. I am a 45 yo hisp/native american who has had escalating high cholesterol. Right now, 222 LDL, 130 HDL. Going to give this a try even though it is not “kyloic” and hope I don’t stink! What I do appreciate about this supplement is that when I smell and pop it in my mouth, I literally sense (smell and taste) that it is the same sensation as when I chop the real deal and put it on toast.”
7. Pure Healthland Black Garlic
Source: Pure Healthland Black Garlic
Pure Healthland Black Garlic is USDA Certified Organic, NON-GMO Verified and does not contain ingredients of animal origin. Each caplet is also free-from additive, gluten, wheat, corn, soy and dairy, and contains no artificial fillers, binders or excipients. $22.79
One user says: “wasn’t aware black garlic existed till I was about to reorder my regular white garlic, and saw this advert as “other people also order”. Did some research (10 times stronger than white garlic!), went back to Amazon, ordered this. I don’t have garlic breath for several minutes after taking it, like happened with the white garlic. I’m confident this will help keep me in good health.”
8. Rejuvenation Therapeutics Garlic Supplement
One user says: “I take a lot of supplements and I definitely need supplements for heart/cardiovascular health. I cannot say how well these work to that degree. Likely as well as any other garlic supplement. What I can say is this… These supplements smell like garlic. As soon as I put the two capsules in my mouth (the serving is 2 per day) I tasted garlic very strongly. Then I tasted garlic for hours and my husband asked me if I ate garlic bread so apparently my breath smelled like garlic too. Maybe it just affected me oddly because I have a sensitive stomach and sensitive taste buds but as I write this I can still taste the garlic and it’s been hours. If you don’t like the taste of garlic you definitely don’t want to get these. On the other hand, if you love garlic and would love to taste it all day these would be great.”
9. Natural Vitamin High Allicin Garlic
Olivia says: “So far I’ve taken it for BV for 2 days now. It does give me a small stomach ache at first and acid reflux with some garlic burps, but it seems to be working so I’m not really disappointment. Will update in another week or so on the longer term results.
Ok so I just figured out by process of elimination and re-entry that these make me super super sick for days after just one dose! Very upset that they have this awful effect because the other effects they had were wonderful.”
10. New Chapter Garlic Force
Source: New Chapter Garlic Force
Joey says: “Great, but I can taste it when I burp.”
11. Now Garlic 5000
Source: Now Garlic 5000
Jim says: “This is a good value in a garlic supplement. Does not have any nasty after taste. The price is right and one pill per day does the trick.”
12. Natural Nutra High Allicin Garlic
NOTE: A previous image of the label said this product contained gelatine. This has been corrected, and verified to be vegan-friendly.
Of course you might be tempted to forgo the supplements and enjoy the tasty flavor garlic has to offer in your food. Here’s a few recipes, courtesy of the Food Monster App.
Garlic Pasta With Crispy Brussels Sprouts
What is a better way to ward off colds than a warm bowl of al dente pasta? Maybe if aforementioned pasta is tossed in a creamy, nut-free garlic sauce and then topped with crispy shallots and tender Brussels sprouts. Rene Barke‘s Garlic Pasta With Crispy Brussels Sprouts dish is simple to make and the perfect dinner to keep you warm and satisfied!
Black Garlic BBQ Mushroom Sandwich
Meaty mushrooms, caramelized onions, crunchy slaw, and creamy avocados are so satisfying together in Rachel Carr’s Black Garlic BBQ Mushroom Sandwich! Black garlic is an unusual ingredient that lends a very unique and ephemeral flavor to this dish. It’s made by fermenting whole garlic bulbs for several weeks, until the flavor becomes mildly sweet, molassey, and mild.
Garlic and Thyme Pan-Seared Mushrooms
If you like mushrooms, you’ll love Renee Press‘s dish. Garlic and Thyme Pan-Seared Mushrooms is best served with… well, anything! You can serve this with pasta, put it on a sandwich, over rice, toast, whatever you desire. The aromatic flavors blend well with so many different kinds of food.
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