What is it about garlic that makes it so beneficial to health?
Garlic contains a sulphur-bearing compound called allicin - the chemical that gives its pungent taste and smell, and it's believed to be the magic component of garlic responsible for its health qualities.
Most of the recent research on garlic has focused on its ability to lower cholesterol and blood pressure as well as offering protection against strokes and heart disease. Regularly eating garlic also help the body fight off infections because of its antibacterial properties.
Cooking with garlic: You can get the most out of garlic by crushing, blending or finely slicing its cloves. Allow to stand for a while (to allow the full development of allicin) before adding to cooking.
Ideally garlic should be added about 5-10 minutes before the end of cooking to avoid the destruction of the valuable components, even though moderate cooking helps to develop allicin further. Eating garlic daily goes a long way to protect and boost health