Garlic & Health

Garlic has the power to boost hydrogen sulfide production in humans. The leading theory is this is why a garlic-rich diet appears to protect against various cancers, including breast, prostate and colon cancer. Some experts also believe that a higher level of hydrogen sulfide may also protect the heart, according to other experts.

The effective level seems to be at least two medium-sized cloves per day. In countries with garlic-rich diets (China, Italy, Korea), per capital consumption is as high as eight to 12 cloves per day. But it‘s easy to add garlic to every meal: in eggs, salads, dips like hummus.

COOKING TIP: Studies advises against cooking garlic immediately after crushing or chopping it. To maximize the health benefits, crush the garlic at room temperature and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. This triggers an enzyme reaction that boosts the healthy compounds in the garlic.