25 Dangers of Eating Raw Garlic You Need to Consider

Garlic is one of commonly-used spices in any dish. Its uniqueness becomes the most important ingredient, especially for Indonesian foods.

It has been more than 500 years and garlic is still popularly used, either for cooking or curing disease as it contains high nutrients. Eventually, it is quite often for people to eat raw garlic and deny the odor.

Contents in Garlic

Garlic contains many nutrients which are very good for our body, such as Vitamin C, B6, and other minerals, such as potassium, calcium, phosphorus, selenium, zinc, and manganese. Other than that, it also contains sulfurs, such as allicin, arginine, saponin, beta-Carotene, ferulic acid, geranium, and poly-phenol.

Moreover, there are many good nutrients in garlic, such as anti-fungal, anti-virus, anti-bacterial, and analgesic. However, these substances may diminish when you are cooking as well as diluting garlic with water.

Dangers of Eating Raw Garlic

Therefore, many people prefer consuming raw garlic.

1. Triggering a Burning Sensation in Your Mouth

Don’t be too worry if you feel that there are too much losing nutrients in garlic if you don’t eat it raw. If you eat raw garlic, it will trigger a burning sensation which then quickly spreads in your mouth.

This burning sensation is caused by allicin compound. If you don’t want to taste the allicin, just swallow the garlic without chewing it first. This burning sensation can cause mouth odor, pain when peeing, and bitterness.

2. Mouth Odor

Eating raw garlic will cause mouth odor, especially when breathing. Fortunately, this odor will vanish quickly when you stop consuming garlic and brushing your teeth. However, stay calm if your sweating turns into strong scent.

3. Strong Scent

Allicin in garlic will cause strong scent to your body. This is the reason why after eating garlic, people will have strong scent.

4. Triggering Allergic

Allergic may also occur to those who think they are allergic to garlic. The symptoms are rash, itchy, or even swelling and sore around the mouth and face. Some people also have swelling at their tongue and mouth. In the worse case, allergic to garlic may lead to difficulty when breathing.

Anyway, here are two information about allergies:

5. Damaging Digestive Tract

One of dangers from eating raw garlic is it damages your digestive tract, such as irritation in your stomach.  

6. Triggering Diarrhea

Diarrhea may occur if there is an interference in your digestive system. Several dishes that cause diarrhea:

  • Spicy foods
  • Instant noodles

7. Do not eat garlic before surgery

Contents in garlic can increase bleeding during surgery and cause dropping of your body because you may have bleeding.

8. Causing Skin Irritation

If pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers consume garlic, they may have irritation that may damage their skin. Read also: ways to prevent pregnancy without side effects.

9. Stinky Fart

Eating raw garlic will cause stinky fart and the scent will be stronger than usual.

10. It is prohibited to consume garlic along with several drugs

Several drugs may overreact when the person take drugs with garlic, such as:

  • Isoniazid
  • Pregnancy controlling pill
  • Blood-thinner
  • Drugs for person with HIV and AIDS
  • Drugs for sore throat
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

11. Characterized as anti-coagulant

Garlic is characterized as anti-coagulant or can be blood-thinner. It causes over-bleeding. Any substance containing anti-coagulant can cause vomiting blood or nose-bleeding.

12. Damaging the stomach

Raw garlic is very harmful for stomach and it can damage the stomach because of having gastric acid, drinking coffee as well as soft drink.

13. Do not give raw garlic to person with thrombocytopenia

Everyone must have fallen or injured. However, for person with thrombocytopenia, the bleeding won’t stop bleeding because they are lacking blood clotting agents in their body.

Those are several dangers of eating raw garlic that have impacts to the consumers. So, ask for advises for every herbal treatments you are going to take, including consuming garlic. You may also read about the dangers of eating raw eggs for our health and the dangers of eating eggs everyday.

More Side Effects of Eating Raw Garlic

Here are more dangers of eating raw garlic you need to consider:

1. Allergies to garlic

Allergies to garlic is caused by a false identification from human immunity system to garlic. It causes allergies and shows these symptoms:

  • rash
  • nausea
  • fever
  • headache
  • difficulty when breathing

2. Human Digestive System Disorder

Garlic can also cause digestive disorder. It can occur when people consume too much garlic, especially raw garlic. It can cause nausea and diarrhea to whom consume raw garlic too much. Besides, consuming raw garlic in huge amount can increase the risks of gastric acid, which can cause nausea.

3. Over-bleeding

Do not take garlic, even the raw ones, before surgery because garlic contains anti-coagulant that can make the blood thinner. It it happens, the patients will experience over-bleeding which can cause many problems during surgery.

Over-bleeding can also occur because of hemophilia symptoms, stroke, and nose-bleeding.

4. Mouth Odor

Another side effect of garlic is mouth odor. If you just eat garlic, do not forget to brush your teeth so you won’t make anybody disturbed by your odor. 

5. Body Odor

Other than mouth odor, garlic can also cause body odor. Those who consume garlic in huge amount, when they are sweating, their body odor won’t be good.

6. Feeling Sore

Side effects from consuming garlic is feeling sore when get injured though garlic contains antioxidants, vitamin, and anti-bacterial which are good for healing wound.

7. Causing eye-irritation

Garlic can also cause eye-irritation. It is no longer a secret that garlic can make your eyes sore and watery. So, if it happens to you, do not rub your eyes because it can cause severe the irritation.

Those are several side effects of consuming garlic, especially the raw ones. Therefore, do not consume garlic too much because it can cause side effects that can interrupt our health.

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