Garlic is one the most powerful natural remedies due to its antibiotic properties. The strong smell comes from a sulfur compound allicin that gets released upon crushing or chopping. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits and is the main active component in garlic. It helps fight atherosclerosis and after converting to diallyl sulfide, can treat intestinal infections, protect heart from damage and after a heart attack or surgery and treat diabetes. Garlic is great for intestinal health and protects from bad bacteria in the gut. It also reduces cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Garlic can be used for fighting cold, infections and lung, prostate and other types of cancer. It is consumed as raw, cooked, in form of tea or supplements.
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Widely used in Asian cuisine, black garlic is aged garlic with a dark color due to caramelization process. When compared to fresh garlic, it has less allicin but much higher antioxidant activity. It has sweeter taste and less intense odor and can help especially with diabetes and treating colon cancer.