Is Garlic Good for IBS? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Garlic is good for IBS because it contains sulfur compounds that may have medicinal properties. Garlic can boost your immune system, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, reduce dementia risk, extend life, reduce inflammation and infection in the digestive tract.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects your digestive system, specifically your stomach and intestines.

In IBS, your body experiences abnormal contractions of the intestinal muscles, issues with the nerves in your digestive system, and changes in gut microbes.

This can lead to various health problems, such as abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation, or both.

One of the key factors in managing IBS is diet.

What you consume can affect your digestive function, which can impact your IBS symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage IBS, you should consume garlic and other nutrients rich foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.

Garlic is a common cooking ingredient that has been used for thousands of years to prevent and treat various conditions and diseases.

Garlic contains sulfur compounds that may have medicinal properties.

Garlic can boost your immune system, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, reduce dementia risk, and extend life.

(amount of garlic you can eat per day safely) can give you (about 3 to 4 cloves of garlic per day).

Garlic can (positively affect your digestive health by stimulating saliva production, inhibiting bacterial growth, and reducing inflammation).

Furthermore, garlic is a plant-based food and plant-based foods are (good for IBS because they are low in fat and high in fiber, which can help regulate bowel movements and prevent constipation or diarrhea).

Because garlic has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, it can also help reduce inflammation and infection in the digestive tract.

You can (eat 3 to 4 cloves of garlic per day) per day safely.

More than that can cause (bad breath, stomach upset, or allergic reactions).

That’s why I suggest you limit your garlic intake to (3 to 4 cloves of garlic per day) to minimize the side effects with reasons.

Stick to (6 to 8 cloves of garlic per week) to maximize the benefits with reasons.

Also, you shouldn’t (eat garlic if you have a bleeding disorder or are taking blood thinners) because garlic can increase the risk of bleeding.

Because garlic can interact with some medications and supplements.

You can buy fresh garlic in your local market or can order it from online.

Always choose (organic or non-GMO varieties) because they are more nutritious and less likely to contain pesticides or chemicals.

Because they have higher levels of antioxidants and other beneficial compounds.

You can store them (in a cool, dry place away from light and heat) for up to six months.

Because they have better flavor and aroma when stored properly.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing/dealing with IBS effectively.

I always recommend my IBS patients to follow an IBS-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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