Garlic tea is an herbal tonic made from garlic, lemon, and honey. What medicinal uses and benefits can garlic provide that is supported by scientific research?
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Some, but not all benefits are supported by scientific evidence. It is important to keep in mind that these studies are analyzing garlic, and not necessarily garlic tea. The dose of garlic in tea may not be the same as a more concentrated dose that is used in the studies. Also, cooking or boiling garlic can change its therapeutic effects.
However, some of these are not backed up by research: (Leyla Bayan, Peir Hossain Koulivand, Ali Gorji. 2014)
The current studies show the following possible benefits:
Honey and lemon provide their own health benefits.
According to the NIH, garlic is safe for most individuals in moderate amounts. ((National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. 2020)
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Garlic.
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