Fresh garlic has long been regarded as a powerful healing agent, believed to help remedy a vast assortment of medical conditions.
Boasting antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, fresh garlic contains a slew of valuable oils and nutrients, including phosphorous, potassium, zinc, allicin, selenium, calcium, iron, germanium, polyphenols, arginine, selenium, selenium, manganese, Vitamins C and B.
Studies suggest fresh garlic can combat high blood pressure and cholesterol levels (it prevents harmful LDL cholesterol from oxidizing – a process that generates plaque formation on artery walls), heart disease, cancers, strokes, arthritis, diabetes, cerebral aging, blood thinner (the garlic chemical, ajoene, contains an anti-coagulant) infections, the common cold, warts, fever blisters and more.
However, make sure you know where your garlic is coming from, as California-grown garlic, like Christopher Ranch’s California heirloom garlic, has proven to contain higher levels of the essential oils and nutrients found in garlic, according to National Food Laboratory results.
For example, California garlic boasts a higher brix (the measure of vitamins, protein, amino acids, sugars vs. a given weight of plant juice in a product) content than Chinese, Mexican and Argentine garlic varieties, and higher allicin (sulfur compound in garlic believed responsible for its pungent taste and health benefits) levels than Chinese and Argentine garlic.