Cravings

I believe that when you crave something, it means something. For over a year I have craved garlic and buy it by the jar and eat it straight by the spoonfuls. Does anyone know what this craving could be caused by?

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hi gabbadoo: my name is tenderoni and i just want to make a comment about your post on the eating of garlic. i do not know of any type of craving for this and maybe you should look it up online. now, i too love the taste of garlic, but only in my foods that i eat. you on the other hand are eating it right out of the jar! i have never heard of this until now, but honestly it sounds kind of good!! i like to experiment with different tastes, and now thanks to you i think i may try this one. but i must make sure i buy a lot of gum, or mints for my breath too. i once knew this lady that ate a lot of garlic, and for some reason she had the most annoying smell on her breath all the time. maybe you want to remember that too. any way, enjoy, and good luck in your research.

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I think cravings are ususally your body telling you that you need something in the makeup of the thing you are craving. I used to crave salad, bad for GP'ers until I started on a different and easier to break down vitamin.

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Vampires in the neighborhood?

Sorry, couldn't resist!

I don't know what craving garlic would mean, unless it's that you're really tired of bland foods. I can't eat much garlic, does not agree with me, but it is supposed to be very healthy, as are onions.

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Gabbadoo,

Not sure what a garlic craving would mean.......but I know what yu are talking about. I have been craving chocolate - I mean LOTS of chocolate, which is a new thing for me. Recently I found out that I have very low Magnesium and lo and behold: that condition can cause chocolate cravings!

Best Wishes,

Jeanne

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Perhaps for cleansing? Garlic is a marvelous detoxifier. I once did a liver cleanse which was drinking a fresh blend daily of: juice of one grapefruit, juice of one lime, juice of one lemon, 2 fat cloves of garlic minced, 1 (2?) tablespoon of olive oil. I drank that odd mixture every day for two weeks and wow did I feel great! That was some years ago, hm, ten years or so.

I too believe in listening to the body's cravings. Not the brain's addiction, which can be confusing in the signals tossed out, but that quiet sense of desire for a specific something. I've certainly had mine! And each time I did, I'd research it in one of my herbal books or online and find out ah ha, that makes sense.

Tomorrow I'll peruse the books I have and see what else I come up with, but when I read your post, 'cleansing' was the word that popped into my head. :)

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Wendy, ya beat me to it! :)

I tend to believe that too. I've always loved garlic and the smell of it. I went through a time a couple years ago when I craved it more than usual. Loved putting it in olive oil and balsamic vinegar and dipping bread into it. I always put more garlic in than most people would. Noticed the olive oil would make my dry skin issues better too.....but, the bread was making me fat. :)

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THESE CRAVINGS ARE CALLED PICA IN MEDICAL TERMS...GARLIC IS GOOD FOR YOU...BUT HOPE IT IS NOT TAKING AWAY FROM OTHER THINGS THAT ARE MORE NUTRITIOUS...I HAD PICAS IT CHANGED EVERY OTHER WEEK TO SOMETHING DIFFERENT...WHEN I WAS A CHILD IT WAS SUGAR...AND I NEVER GOT HEAVY...NOW I AM OLDER IT IS SALT AND BOTH ARE BAD FOR YOU IN LARGE QUANITIES...HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE WAS THE END OF THE SALT FOR ME...AND DIABETES WAS THE END OF THE SUGAR...THEY ARE ALL AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES THOUGH SO IT DIDN'T MATTER WHAT I ATE...IT WAS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM GOING AWRY AND NO ONE
KNOWS WHY YET...I AM JUST GRATEFUL THEY HAVE TX FOR THEM...GETTING DIABETES AT 60 IS DIFFICULT TO CHANGE YOUR EATING HABITS AND RELY ON INSULIN FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE...BUT IT IS GETTING MORE DOABLE AS TIME GOES ON..I WOULD TALK TO A NUTRITIONIST ON LINE ABOUT YOUR DIET AND IF THE GARLIC IS HURTING IT...BUT I LOVE GARLIC...OH, AND BIOTENE MOUTH PRODUCTS WILL HELP WITH THE GARLIC BREATH...IT IS THE FIRST COMMERCIAL I HAVE EVER SEEN THAT REALLY LIVES UP TO WHAT IT SAYS...LOVE AND PRAYERS, DIANE

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Hi Gaba,
I was curious about this too, as I've had occasional cravings like this. Knew I'd been hearing garlic is good for you, couldn't recall exactly what for, so Googled this from the Mayo clinic:
"Garlic also is well known for its potential benefits to heart health, especially lowering high levels of lipids in the blood. And, some evidence indicates that garlic may relax smooth muscles and dilate blood vessels. Studies have shown that taking a garlic extract (200 to 400 milligrams three times daily for one month) can lower blood pressure modestly. This research is preliminary and is not enough to support taking garlic solely to lower blood pressure."

http://www.mayoclinic.org/medical-edge-newspaper-2010/mar-12b.html

Could it be your/our hearts or vessels craving the garlic?

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I eat garlic on other foods like noodles, potatoes, pizza, etc...,but I use large amounts of garlic. My family has commented that I have a vampire in the house, but I only have one that sucks money and sanity from me and the garlic doesn't help. Hoping the cravings will last and see if it deters misquitoes this summer! The funny thing is that I don't really like garlic, except for cooking and salads! I guess I should be grateful I'm not craving antifreeze or something bad like that.
My 3 year old Granddaughter, that I am raising, is getting to like garlic and eats off my plate when I have noodles or potatoes. She likes it when I get lots of garlic pieces on the fork!
I also use garlic powder and garlic salt when I use garlic on foods as this helps even out the taste of the garlic.

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Garlic is very beneficial. It is anti fungal and antbiotic! I take the garlic oil capsules and it is good for blood pressure my lung infections etc. When my children and grandchildren were small I would poke open a garlic oil capsule and put a squirt in each ear for ear infection also I put some in their bottle if sickness was going around or they started to get a cold. They were very healthy kids. Also when I was working everyone would be out with the "stomach flu" and I would take garlic and keep on working without getting sick If you crave garlic - you must need it. Before I used the garlic oil capsule I used to eat the whole cloves but one day I was home alone i lived way out in the country and had no phone or car Anyway I was eating a rather large clove of garlic and somehow it got stuck in my throat and I couldn't swallow it or get it up!! I was choking and no help!!! Finally I wondered if I could do the Heimlich manuver on myself and it worked! I didn't do it perfect of course it was a modified Heimlich but that was the last whole garlic clove I ate!!!!!!

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Back when I worked on the surgical floor as an RN, we had a patient who was in for an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Thinking that if a little garlic is good for the blood vessels, then a lot would be even better, this fellow ate VAST quantities of garlic (raw) before surgery. I guess he just wanted the "best" odds of not dying.
The result was that his intense odor made the entire surgical crew so nauseated that they had to put off the surgery for a day.
The moral of this story could be: Too much of something could lead to a bad outcome, or, I guess- when you eat tons of garlic you could be isolating yourself from the very help you need. (Just being silly...)
The man DID live, thank goodness.
The differences between craving because of nutritional deficits and the craving of addiction, the craving of pica and the craving of emotional eating cannot be overstated. They are distinctly different things. Look 'em up. In this culture, even at the low end of income, it is pretty rare to see or experience nutritionally triggered craving, with the possible exception of water and carbohydrates. And maybe the term "craving" isn't the best way to phrase it.
At least that's been my observation in the clinical setting.
Just my two cents. Feel free to disagree.
Melissa.

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Perhaps your body believes it needs some extra sulfur right now? At least the mosquitos might leave you alone, LOL! : )

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Are you on prednisone? I spent 3 months eating almost nothing but homemade salsa...by the spoonful, not on tortilla chips. Salsa for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I couldn't get enough of it. At the time I was on 20 mg. of prednisone. Salsa may not seem like such an unusual thing...but I hate tomatoes! Good luck!

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actually "pica" is the craving and eating of NON-FOOD things, like kids eating paint chips and stuff. THis does not include regular chocolate or even garlic cravings. <3

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I don't know what a garlic craving actually means. I love garlic but it does not agree with my GP at all. I have been craving beets for days. I am not sure if they are safe or will make me sick.

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PICA is the craving (stronger than craving, more of a compulsion really) for non-edibles. Things like chalk, dirt, metal, soap, these are examples of things PICA sufferers crave.

I do agree that the body craves what it needs, but if taken to excess it could become unhealthy, such is the rule with just about anything. My suggestion is that if you're genuinely concerned, mention it to your doctor next time. If you have access to a psychologist, ask them as well, they may have some useful information for you. It's possible that garlic is your comfort food, and your craving is indicative of your going through a stressful time. It could have become your comfort food for many many reasons. An example would be, if your mom made something yummy that contained garlic when you were a kid and your brain associates garlic now with comfort. The brain is amazing, and never underestimate the power of association! ;)

You may just REALLY like garlic- And are discovering the wonder of it's flavor. This is most likely, though I don't know u personally so I can't say anything for sure.

Good luck!

Jenn*

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One thing is for sure. Mosquitoes will leave you completely alone.

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hey, that is a plus:) love and prayers, diane

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TinyG- feel free to eat all the beets you want. They are EXCELLENT for digestive health. The cooked ones are nice and soft too. Just- be prepared for some technicolored poop, and don't freak out thinking you are passing blood if your stool turns red. I have hated beets my entire life, until about four years ago when my daughter was still a serious ballet student. We had gone to a Gala performance by the Moscow Ballet that included a buffet afterwards with the dancers. They had all this Russian food there- including beets and borsch. Much to my surprise...the beets were delicious. Now I am addicted to beets. In fact...haven't had any for a while, so now I need to get some. In this case, I do think it is a matter of my body craving what beets supply.
When I think of PICA I always think of the old stories of pregnant women eating clay.
I used to crave something I called "green soup" -where I would get every green vegetable i could think of and make soup out of it. In this case again I think my body needed whatever vitamins or minerals are supplied by green vegetables.
If I eat sugar and wheat products, I crave them and want more and more. In this case- I have heard that if you are allergic to something you will often crave it once you start eating it. If I stay completely away from sugar and wheat I don't crave them at all. But one bite of bread or pasta...it's all over.

By the way- your colon is a smooth muscle- so if garlic affects smooth muscles that might be part of it too.

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Hi Gabadoo
I was curious about this craving so I did some research for you.

"Garlic is a great friend to old hearts. Several cloves a day of fresh, raw garlic can lower blood pressure, reduce phospholipids and cholesterol, strengthen heart action, increase immune response, reduce platelet clumping and clotting (thus reducing strokes), and stabelize blood sugar levels."

Hope this helps,
Sunshine_girl

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