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The Power of Garlic

Garlic's use dates back thousands of years as both a traditional medicine and a seasoning. Traditionally, garlic has been an integral part of the Mediterranean diet and many Asian cuisines. Garlic supplements are marketed to lower cholesterol, as well as fight cancer, hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and infections, including the common cold.

Garlic: allicin wonderland

Garlic contains many interesting compounds that have been linked to a host of proposed health benefits. One of the key components is allicin, a sulfur compound formed in raw garlic after a clove is cut or crushed. Allicin is the major source of the bioactive compounds that…

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