Since the dawn of civilization, the world has been ripe with ingredients that mesmerize the senses and replenish the body. One of these ingredients that continues to blossom in the wild and on the table is black garlic.
Black garlic has been used as a medicinal herb since the middle ages. Historical records indicate that the dark spice has been used through the ages as a diuretic, digestive aid, antibiotic, anti-parasitic; to fight colds, infections and other health problems. Black garlic has withstood the test of time through proving itself repeatedly as a valuable culinary and medicinal ingredient.
Beyond being packed with flavour, black garlic has been recognized for fighting off cancer, cholesterol, disease and infection. The fermented garlic is also ripe with vitamins.
Cancer and Cholesterol Reduction
Through being fermented for a month long, Black Garlic has much higher concentrations of the compound S-allycystein (a natural part of fresh garlic that stems from the amino acid cystein) than regular garlic. Healthmad.com reports that the compound is responsible for lowering cholesterol and the risk of cancer.
A Japanese study completed in 2007 suggests that the use of black garlic can reduce the size of tumours found on laboratory mice. However, there's still a lack of evidence to confirm that the same effect occurs on humans.
Black garlic has antifungal, antimicrobial and antibiotic agents within it's active ingredient allicin. S-allycystein has been proven to help the body absorb accilin faster, in turn helping to bolster protection from infection.
Traditional garlic is loaded with antioxidants. And black garlic has twice as much! According to OrganicAuthority.com, antioxidants fend off disease from attacking the body's cells, and may even slow down the aging process. Because black garlic has so many antioxidants, the abundance helps protect against free radical cell damage that can cause Alzheimers, heart disease, circulatory damage and rheumatoid arthritis.
Black Garlic is loaded with tons of vitamins
Manganese: Great for helping build a healthy bone structure, bone metabolism; and creating key enzymes for building bones.
Vitamin B6: Assists in protecting the immune system. The vitamin also benefits the body's metabolism, hormone control, and prevent skin conditions and kidney disorders - to name a few.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C helps protect against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular and eye disease, prenatal health problems, and even skin wrinkling.
Selenium: This mineral is key to cognitive functioning and fertility!
Phosphorus: Phosphorus has many health benefits, not the least of which is maintaining healthy bones and teeth.
Copper: Helps develop collagen within the body, bolsters iron absorption and energy production.
Vitamin B1: Otherwise known as Thiamine, this vitamin plays an important role in keeping the nervous and cardiovascular system healthy.
Calcium: Calcium is widely known for building and maintaining strong bones. But Calcium is also essential for keeping the body's heart, muscles and nervous system healthy.