"Thyroid disease is more common than diabetes or heart disease."

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More than 30,000,000 people in the US and 200 million worldwide have a Thyroid Disorder Most affected are women. Some estimates are over 50 million in US and over 200 million worldwide, and growing.

Estimates vary widely as most patients are misdiagnosed or undiagnosed because doctors don't know what they are looking for.

Thyroid disease is also an autoimmune disease. This means that over 27 million people have one or more of the over 105 known autoimmune diseases.

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Eat Garlic for Better Thyroid Health

Bob & Wendy from Bobba-Mike’s Garlic Farm in Ohio. They’ve been growing hardneck garlic for the past eighteen years. They cultivate 38 different strains of organically grown gourmet garlic. Go to http://www.garlicfarm.com/ and order yours!

Garlic is a species of the onion family. Its close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek, and chive, all extremely good for you!


Health benefits of garlic have been studied for a long time. They are abundant in antioxidant nutrients.

Garlic is an incredible food for thyroid healing because it essentially acts like an anti-viral bomb that can do wonders for eliminating EBV (Epstein-Barr Virus) from your system. It also kills off streptococcus, a cofactor of EBV. There is a cascade of viruses and symptoms just waiting to manifest when not stopped, including UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections), sinus infections, SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth), acne, and many more.

The magic of garlic is that is has a fantastic way of getting deep into the throat to fight off bugs in the lymph system and thyroid.

I want to inspire you to include both raw and cooked garlic into your meals and to get creative with it! There is no need to burn your throat by eating too much, but try to get garlic in any way you can. Make guacamole with a couple cloves of raw garlic mixed in. Instead of adding one clove of garlic to your vegetable soup, add four. Mince or press a clove of garlic for your savory salad or add it it your salad dressing. You can even rub a piece of raw garlic on a baked sweet potato. Also, I recommend investing in a simple, inexpensive garlic press. This will make it much easier to consume garlic regularly because sometimes mincing garlic with a knife can be a bit tedious.

Garlic also contains enzymes, calcium, copper, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and selenium. Vitamins in garlic include vitamin A, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B6 and vitamin C.

Garlic contains dozens of bioflavonoids, more than 80 sulfur-containing compounds, and many other beneficial compounds that have never been identified.

NOTE: If you can’t eat garlic try to eat scallions and onions instead because they contain similar properties.


Garlic gives other antioxidants a boost because it’s rich in selenium. It therefore helps to boost the effectiveness of the network antioxidants — vitamin C, vitamin E, glutathione, lipoic acid and coenzyme Q-10. Selenium packs a big punch for something categorized as a micronutrient.


•  fights bacterial infections
•  boosts immune system
•  balances blood sugar
•  prevents the oxidation of cholesterol
•  lowers blood cholesterol levels
•  assists in fat metabolism – it increases breakdowns of lipids and enhances elimination of fat from the body.
•  reduces high blood pressure
•  useful in treating digestive conditions
•  exhibits powerful anti-cancer properties
•  provides relief from rheumatism
•  helps disease and circulatory problems (eat garlic, forget aspirin!! – but check with your doctor first. 🙂 ) Multiple scientific studies have demonstrated powerful garlic health benefits that can prevent heart disease. Garlic reduces free radicals that cause the oxidation of cholesterol and cell membrane damage, the real cause of arteriosclerosis and heart disease. Studies suggest that garlic prevents buildup of plaque in arteries, and may even reduce it. In Germany, garlic supplements are licensed as drugs for the treatment of arteriosclerosis.


Eating organic is best of course, but eat garlic no matter what!

You can eat it fresh in salads, dressings and in meats and all foods somewhere!

You can take it as a liquid pill or other form if you don’t want the odor of garlic on your breath.

You can dry and store garlic for the winter and longterm use.

Eat your garlic!

4 comments to Eat Garlic for Better Thyroid Health

  • Ellie Libby


    I have a sensitivity to sulfer drugs. Since Garlic has something to do with sulfer, I am wondering if it something I should avoid becasue of my sensitivity to sulfer. I have used garlic in the past and seem to recall it having some adverse effect but cannot recall exactly what it was or how it effected me. I have a huge sensitivity to the nighshades and avoid them entirely, although I keep learning more and more about the “hidden” nighshades such as turmeric in many processed foods as well as capsasin and NSAID medicines.

    Thanks for your great info


    • kim

      What I do know is that the stronger the taste of the garlic, the more sulfur content it has and therefore the greater are the medicinal benefits. Organic garlic tends to have a stronger but finer flavor than conventionally produced garlic, suggesting a higher sulfur content.

      However, I’m not sure if you really mean “sulfur” drugs or “Sulfa drugs” So the may be two different things.

      Sulfa drugs, one of the sulfonamides, are the sulfa-related antibiotics which are used to treat bacterial and some fungal infections.

      The sulfa family of drugs includes sulfadiazine, sulfamethizole (brand name: Thiosulfil Forte), sulfamethoxazole (Gantanol), sulfasalazine (Azulfidine), sulfisoxazole (Gantrisin), and various high-strength combinations of three sulfonamides.

      Sulfa drugs kill bacteria and fungi by interfering with their metabolism. They were the “wonder drugs” before penicillin and are still used today. Because sulfa drugs concentrate in the urine before being excreted, treating urinary tract infections is one of their most common uses. Sulfa drugs can have a number of interactions with prescription and over-the-counter drugs (including PABA sunscreens), and are not appropriate for people with some health conditions.

      You might check with your doctor and see if they are the same or not.

  • Lisa

    I read in a few places that high garlic intake can sometimes impact iodine intake, so those of us who are hypothyroid should do more research before increasing our intake of garlic. (I say this as a garlic lover!)

    • kim

      I guess you’d have to eat mass quantities of it!

      My research says that garlic can help with thyroid health. First of all, many people with these conditions have problems with cardiovascular health. Those with hypothyroid conditions frequently have elevated cholesterol levels and triglycerides, and while balancing the thyroid hormone levels can play a big role in this, taking garlic can also help. Those with hyperthyroid conditions are more susceptible to cardiovascular complications such as arrhythmias, and so garlic might be able to offer a protective effect, although many people with hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease will need to take antithyroid medication or herbs to manage the cardiac symptoms.

      Autoimmune thyroid conditions such as Graves’ Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis involve pro-inflammatory cytokines. Garlic can help to inhibit these pro-inflammatory cytokines. Many people with these conditions have infections, and perhaps this is the biggest area garlic can help with. Garlic has been proven to have anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and even anti-parasitic activity.

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