Home > Diet and nutrition > Healthy Food > Vegetables Updated 01 March 2013 Garlic Garlic has many health benefits – it reduces blood pressure and also reduces the risk of infection and illness. 0 Vit & Min doses per day » Count calories in food » Is my vegetarian diet balanced? » Ask The Dietitians » Garlic has many health benefits – it reduces blood pressure and also reduces the risk of infection and illness. It may help to reduce the risk of heart disease. It may also reduce the risk of cancer. Garlic is most beneficial if eaten raw. Fierce cooking that disperses the garlic oil will reduce the benefits.Two to three cooked cloves of garlic are recommended. If taken in tablet form two to three 300mg tablets are recommended. People on anti-coagulant drugs should only take garlic under medical supervision. Calories 9 Per 9g (2 large garlic cloves) Because garlic is eaten in such small quantities, its contribution to the vitamin, energy and mineral requirements of the body are negligible. More in Diet and nutrition Are you eating enough 'powerhouse' vegetables? More: Healthy FoodVegetables advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win a R2 000 Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.