The Health Benefits of Garlic Most people think of garlic as a savory, flavorful addition to their
favorite dishes. But there's more to the bulb than
meets the eye. Garlic has major health benefits and is even used as a dietary supplement. Garlic's immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties can help the body heal faster. According to the National Cancer Institute, increased garlic consumption can lower risk of stomach, colon, esophagus, pancreas and breast cancers. Garlic also has cardiovascular benefits, lowering blood pressure and cutting your risk of high cholesterol and coronary heart disease. The savory bulb can also help fight the common cold. If you're not too keen on having garlic breath, it's also available as a supplement, but consult your doctor first.