Eating garlic has been known to lower the cholesterol level. Research indicates that eating half to one clove of garlic a day may reduce blood cholesterol levels by about 9 percent. Garlic is also believed to be beneficial in the prevention and treatment of cancer. To reap the full health benefits of garlic, use fresh garlic. Although fresh is the best, use garlic in cooked or powdered forms as well, since each has its own important healing compounds.
When cooking with fresh garlic, chopping it finely will increase the surface area and release the full benefits of the healthful compounds within. Also, cook fresh garlic only briefly, or add it during the last few minutes of cooking, as overcooking can destroy some of its delicate compounds.
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