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Benefits of Garlic

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  • Many of garlic’s therapeutic effect comes from its sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin, which are also what give it its characteristic smell
  • Garlic has immune-boosting properties and is beneficial for heart health, fighting cancer, warding off colds and flus, and reducing inflammation
  • As allicin in garlic digests in your body, it produces sulfenic acid, a compound that reacts with dangerous free radicals more effectively than any other known compound
  • Black (fermented) garlic and sprouted garlic may have even more health potential than fresh garlic
  • To get the therapeutic benefits of garlic, be sure to crush the clove before you eat it; this stimulates the release of an enzyme called alliinase, which in turn catalyzes the formation of allicin

By Dr. Mercola

Eating a clove or two of fresh garlic a day may indeed keep the doctor away, in part because it has immune-boosting, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal effects.

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