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How Raw Garlic can improve Liver Function

Garlic is not going to make you very popular with your partner, especially when you are eating it raw, but the benefits for someone with liver problems it truly is an amazing addition to your diet.

Garlic when chopped or cut initiates the action of activation an enzyme called allinase. This allinase converts the allin (this is a sulfoxide in fresh garlic) into a compound called allicin, which is what we are looking for. Allicin is antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal.

There have been several medical studies on the effects of raw garlic on liver disease / cirrhosis and all are positive with surprisingly great results for such a seemingly simple ingredient.

Oral supplementation of 2 small sized raw garlic cloves (1 clove = 1.2g) to alcoholic patients for 45 days, significantly lowered the activities of liver marker enzymes, decreased the levels of lipid peroxidation and enhanced the antioxidant status to near normal. Thus, the data of the present study suggest that raw garlic offers protection against oxidative stress and antioxidant activities in alcoholic liver disease patients.

That’s all great, so what do I do?

Following the studies and medical testing, eat 2 pieces of sliced or raw garlic every morning. The pieces should be around 1.2g each.

Cooking the garlic will significantly decrease any advantages that it offers. Eating it raw may be hard for some people, but the benefits outweigh the negatives.

The most important factor is to let the allicin activate, this is achieved by waiting around 10 – 15 minutes after slicing or cutting.

Another important thing is use some mouthwash or toothpaste after eating raw garlic, anyone close to you will thank you for that.


Hi! I'm Zahir. I'm a 40 something year old guy living with liver cirrhosis. My goal is to tell my story of how I am beating the odds and winning this battle. Checkout my blog for frequent updates and very useful information on winning and living a great live with a liver cirrhosis diagnosis.

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