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Sunday, 9 March 2014

The Health Benefits Of Black Garlic

A friend of ours introduced us to the health benefits of BLACK Garlic this morning. She has a technique for turning the black garlic bulbs into an awesome and tasty superfood. I was reluctant at first to try a piece, but then I did - I was pleasantly surprised. It DID NOT taste like garlic. Its aftertaste was much like treacle toffee. Our friend's technique is to purchase organic black garlic and cook it for 10 days in a rice cooker on a low warm setting. A pressure cooker on its lowest setting can also be used. She has black garlic every morning to improve her health. We will be doing the same thing from tomorrow - Matthew James

For more info on the health benefits of Black Garlic, read on:-

Though not as well known as its white counterpart, black garlic is enjoying a rise in popularity in gastronomic circles and the alternative medicine field. Introduced to the health and food markets about five years ago by the Koreans, garlic becomes "black garlic" through a monthlong process of fermentation under strictly controlled heat and humidity. The health benefits of black garlic are being touted by natural medicine practitioners and herbalists.

Garlic is high in antioxidants. Black garlic has been found to have twice the antioxidant properties of conventional garlic. Antioxidants protect the cells from disease and are thought to slow down the aging process, according to OrganicAuthority.com. Because black garlic is so potent, the heightened levels of antioxidants offering protection from free radical damage make it an ideal food for thwarting chronic disease. Free radicals damage cells leading to heart disease, Alzheimer's, circulatory problems, rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic diseases.

The fermentation that produces black garlic reduces the pungent odor and strong flavor, making it more palatable and appealing to some people. The taste of black garlic has been compared to that of a dried fruit, smoky, sweet and slightly chewy, according to Antioxidants-guide.com. Conventional garlic, even in freeze-dried capsules, emits a strong garlic odor that permeates the skin, causing objectionable body and breath odor in people using garlic as a health supplement, explains CandidaAlbicansCure.com. Black garlic has none of the strong odor of white garlic and can be consumed in large quantities without the olfactory effects...read more>>>...

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