Garlic is widely recognized as a healthy food. A relative of the onion, garlic is a source of a surprising number of vitamins and minerals. It contains magnesium, selenium and vitamin C, all nutrients considered essential to sexual health. This is great news for both men and women. But there are some specific garlic benefits for men that are pretty exciting, especially when it comes to men’s sexual health.
Some of the best-known benefits of garlic for men
You probably already know that garlic is believed to fight the common cold. (This is the most popular garlic benefit for men as well as women.) But did you know that it may fight brain disease and help you live longer?
Garlic health benefits also include:
- Fighting free radicals
- Combating high cholesterol and high blood pressure
- Potentially reducing levels of heavy metals in the body
- Increasing stamina
- Aged garlic may reduce risk of prostate cancer
Garlic’s only drawback is, of course, its effects on the breath. Garlic contains sulfur compounds that give this plant many of its health benefits. But these sulfur compounds are also what cause bad breath. Eating parsley, mint and/or anise with or after eating garlic may help diminish the distinctive aroma. But the best fix is to share a garlicky meal with your lover, that way neither of you will really smell the other’s garlic breath.
Is garlic a sexual enhancer for men?
A study by the University of Alabama proved that allicin, a powerful compound produced in garlic, boosts blood flow. And according to one informal study, the boost in blood flow has serious benefits for men when it comes to maintaining an erection.
Benefits to a man’s libido
Although there is a lack of formal research to prove the effectiveness and evaluate dosing, it appears that the allicin in garlic has the potential not only to decrease the risk of heart attacks but aid in the ability to maintain erections.
This is the primary reason garlic is considered a libido booster. But you may need to seriously increase your fresh garlic intake if you want to use garlic as a sexual enhancer. (Can you handle eating several cloves per day?)
According to the Doctor’s Directory of India, eating 3-4 cloves of raw garlic daily, eaten on an empty stomach for three or four months, will work to improve the ability to maintain erections. This is, they say, how to use garlic for manpower.
But what do you do if you can’t stand eating raw garlic? Apparently mixing garlic with honey will not only make it more palatable but it may have some added benefits.
Garlic and honey for men
Those who can’t stomach raw garlic cloves should mix it with a teaspoon of honey for this daily treatment. Fresh garlic is considered most effective and if honey doesn’t diminish the biting flavor, the garlic can be mixed with milk.
Of course, adding honey to your garlic for medicinal purposes will give you the added sexual benefits that come from the regular consumption of honey. (Honey may increase arousal and aid in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Here’s more information on the benefits of honey.)
I cannot find any peer-reviewed studies to support the notion that a raw garlic regimen will work to enhance erections. But for most otherwise healthy men, there is little risk in trying this garlic diet. And there may be an unexpected benefit of garlic to manhood!
Can it improve male fertility?
There is some research to support the idea that garlic can improve fertility in men. A handful of studies help to illustrate that the antioxidants in garlic may improve fertility but the research is very limited and is still considered inconclusive.
Will it make a man sexier?
According to a 2016 study, women are more attracted to the body odor of men who eat large quantities of garlic than men who don’t eat garlic. The study did not determine what it is about eating garlic that made the men’s scent more appealing. But it is suspected that the known health benefits of garlic may simply send a subtle signal of good health.
Are there garlic pills benefits?
There is an alternative for getting a nutritional boost from garlic without the pungent aroma. The potential of garlic supplement benefits is a controversial topic in the scientific community. Although there are studies proving that garlic extract capsules can help reduce cold symptoms and even reduce blood pressure, there is an equal number of studies showing that garlic tablets cannot compete with the benefits of fresh garlic. I also can’t find any studies claiming the advantages of garlic pills in improving sexual performance.
So if you’re thinking about taking garlic tablets for sexual health, I recommend you have a conversation with a medical professional about the impact. And as far as I’m concerned, garlic is an ingredient best enjoyed fresh. But you may see some benefit from taking it as a capsule.
Easy ways to incorporate it into your diet
Most of us don’t enjoy garlic eaten raw, with or without honey. But there are so many ways to get the benefits of garlic in delicious recipes. Here are just a few of the great recipes on our site featuring this incredibly nutritious plant:
Fresh Linguini with Asparagus and Green Garlic
Easy Garlicky Pea Tendrils
Quick Paella with Shrimp and Sausage
Lamb Loin Chops with Rosemary and Garlic
Healthy Mussels with Mirin & Sriracha
Peanut Butter Pasta with Chicken
Tilapia Fish Tacos with Asian Slaw
Tomato Mozzarella Salad
Roasted Broccoli with Black Garlic
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Edited by Delahna Flagg: This article was reviewed and additional research provided by Center for Mind-Body Medicine certified practitioner and Eat Something Sexy Nutrition Director Delahna Flagg.
Disclaimer: Please note that the information provided in this article is intended for informational purposes only. It is important to consult your physician before making dietary changes. More information
This article was written in 2015 and most recently updated in May 2022.
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