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Garlic intolerance = digestive nightmare!

By Anonymous August 30, 2010 - 2:36pm
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I have a self-diagnosed intolerance to garlic that is getting worse with age. My symptoms include terrible gas, bloating and up to 2 days of constipation or diarrhea. I also emit a strong garlic odor on my breath, skin and when I experience gas and bowel movements following a dose. I am frustrated because I have finally admitted to myself that garlic is an issue for me and have been telling restaurants that I am ALLERGIC to garlic. I still get served garlic consistently. I am generally a very healthful person and know garlic has many health benefits. I am wondering if there is a natural supplement of some sort that might counteract garlic's negative effects on me so that I can consume it regularly and without the abdominal pain and digestive issues I experience now.

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I have garlic intolerance. I take two Beano tablets before I eat foods with garlic.
The Alpha-galactosidase enzyme in Beano helps me the most.
Hope this helps.

April 17, 2020 - 9:58pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Thank you for this tip Anon!

I absolutely love garlic, I'd hate to have to remove it from my diet!


April 20, 2020 - 5:04am
EmpowHER Guest

Why is garlic attractive to people. I stink like hell after eating it, but I see no upside. Food tastes great without it! Food taste is over-powered with it! Makes not sense to me.

April 26, 2019 - 5:01am
EmpowHER Guest

I am not trying to be silly here but I have used Oderless Garlic for years in caplet form. It has done great things for me I will take it for life. One major thing is to decease and stop allergy issues, I seldom ever get a cold or the flu. I do get annual flu shots, I have not had the flu in more than ten years. I do have an issue with gas everytime I take Garlic. I am going to try Beano to see if it helps but if it does not I will continue the garlic, it's health benefits are worth the gas.

September 15, 2018 - 6:06am
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Since a friend of mine recently introduced me to the pills called Beano, my life has changed tremendously! These miracle pills somehow help my stomach process garlic and onion without causing me severe pain and time in the bathroom. I hope that they do the same for other people reading this. I always have them in my purse and if I order something while out or get ready to eat anything with garlic or onion, I take two pills right before eating. They've been a miracle pill for me.

February 5, 2018 - 7:58am
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This is my 3rd post on this page, i previously wrote on here first about when I found out my symptoms and then when I found out I had to go onto the FODMAPS first which I never really followed thru as I found it to much work, I downloaded the two FODMAPS apps in the App Store which where helpful to avoid some triggers as well as onion and garlic, I was using IBUROGAST from the chemist which helped for 6 months or so and then my symptoms go bad again! I stopped the IBUROGAST and just kept avoiding my trigger foods. I have been taking VITAGUMMIS PROBIOTICS from coles supermarket, “made in Columbia” I’ve been taking these for about 2 months now and have discovered I’ve been abale to eat things again containing onion and garlic with little to no issues!!!! I’m hoping if I keep up the 2 a day maybe my symptoms will slowly disappear. I still take it easy on the onion and garlic so I’m not putting to much on my body all at once. But fingers crossed! And hope this can help others xx good luck

February 5, 2018 - 2:43am
EmpowHER Guest

I also have this problem, but recently have ensuring I eat one yogurt when I start to experience these symptoms of bloating, gas, and excessive belching. I have been sticking with activia, but am sure any yogurt with the probiotics added should help. I do find the yogurt really relieving my symptoms.

April 17, 2017 - 1:31pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I had garlic in our dinner by next day I went to washroom few times pains cramps bloat
I just had a lemon green tea organic. ..I feel 80% better before I was finished

July 2, 2017 - 8:46pm
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Throwing my 2 cents in -- I can't have onion in any form, or garlic, either. My two fixes for cooking at home: Using garlic infused olive oil. Apparently the problem causer in garlic is not oil soluble, so you can still have the flavour in the oil. For onion, I use hing/asafoetida (which has other side effects for certain people so research it before use).

I found daily probiotics didn't help me at all. What has helped are Pudin Hara mint capsules (I usually order them from Amazon). They are the only thing I find that helps reduce the pain and bloating after eating something I shouldn't have.

April 1, 2017 - 7:13am
EmpowHER Guest

HI All, what a relief to find a group of people with the same problem as me! I have had a garlic and (especially raw) onion intolerance for years now - makes me vomit, gives me diarrhoea, makes me stink for days etc but no one seems to ever have heard of it! The US is a particularly difficult place to eat out as garlic or garlic powder is added to a huge percentage of all dishes OR they cover them in raw onion or chives or shallots! I suffer from IBS so also have a problem with gluten and dairy but not as severe as the garlic issue. Some observations and tips in case they help anyone else:
- Following a FODMAP diet can really help
- I have found that using ginger root in recipes can be a great substitute for garlic - curries, stir fries, risottos etc - just chop it up small the same way you would do with raw garlic.
- If you can tolerate cooked onion then red onions seem to be the ones I react to the least. I usually only add about half what the recipe says though.
- A lot of food in Italy itself - particularly Northern Italy - is completely garlic-free. It is just the UK and US versions of these dishes that contain garlic. So don't be afraid to visit! The same thing goes for parts of Mexico - in Cabo St Lucas they used only corn flour and no garlic in the food at all - I was in food heaven!
- Eating out is hard but many places can deal with it if you order in advance. If this is not possible then stick with Steak/grilled chicken/fish and Fries and Salad /Vegetables (but with only oil and vinegar dressing because many others have garlic powder in them). What I also do is just not bother with the menu and ask the waiter to tell the chef the problem and suggest he/she tells me what they can prepare that I can eat. Other than my intolerances I am not fussy and I've ended up with some amazing meals that way!
- At home I have embraced the challenge and always cook fresh as prepared meals and sauces usually have garlic in them. I have developed lots of speedy recipes without garlic so I really don't miss them. I use ginger (see above); lemon and lime juice; chilli; turmeric; fresh herbs such as cilantro, basil, parsley etc to add flavour and I get lots of positive praise when we have dinner parties - I don't think anyone misses the garlic. Well they keep coming over to eat here anyway!
- Making your own stock also helps when you then want to make gravy, risotto, soup later on. Enjoy a delicious roast chicken at home, strip off the meat to eat the next day then put the bones in a big pan, just covered with water. Add a few bay leaves and some whole black peppercorns (and any other dried herbs if you fancy it) and boil for about 90 minutes. Pull out the big stuff and drain of the rest through a colander then pour into small Tupper ware pots to freeze and use whenever you need it. This is really easy and will ensure you are not getting losing out on flavour when you cook.
- I have also read on an IBS website that if you add garlic and onion to oil and fry it then remove the garlic or onion pieces (this is what they mean by garlic or onion infused oil) then that won't have the same effect on you as the actual garlic or onion if you suffer from IBS. However, I now cannot stand the taste of either of them so I haven't tried this!
Hope some of this helps some of you.

January 6, 2017 - 10:52am
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