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What is Black Garlic and how could it benefit you

Garlic is valued for its medicinal properties and it is also a major ingredient used to flavor our food. However, today, black garlic is becoming increasingly more important.

Black garlic is not as well-known as its white counterpart, but with its unique flavor, vibrant colour and smooth texture, it is gaining popularity. It is believed that it could have twice the antioxidants that are contained in the common white garlic.

What is black garlic?

It is Garlic that has gone through a fermentation process, hence the name "black" garlic. You can then buy bulbs and cloves after this process, which is gaining new devotees daily.

Black garlic is produced by fermentation of the bulbs at temperatures of 65-80°C in an atmosphere of controlled humidity for almost a month. After this, the garlic becomes black.

After fermentation, a process of oxidation for about 45 days takes place to acquire a sweet taste similar to a plum.

The black garlic can be eaten raw or cooked in the same way as fresh garlic. Although garlic is the only component of black garlic, it is likely that the flavor does not resemble anything you have tasted before. Black garlic is full of complex flavors: The initial bite is mild, followed by an explosion of caramel sweetness and a salty finish.

Black Garlic Nutrition

The good news is that it is not only useful for the kitchen, black garlic is also rich in vitamin C, sulfur compounds and other antioxidants and it is estimated that during the process of fermentation, garlic can triple the amount of antioxidants it contains.

Benefits of black garlic

Although more research on the benefits of black garlic is required, it is believed that the process of fermentation results in a "super" garlic, increasing its positive effects on human health.

To enjoy its benefits, it is recommended to eat 3-5 cloves of garlic a day (before or after the meal).

Rich in antioxidants that are essential for our immune system, black garlic also fights free radicals.

High Blood Pressure: Garlic (Allium sativu) is one of the oldest medicinal plants. It is useful in treating hypertension and possibly useful for combating high cholesterol levels.

Prevents headaches: Similar to aspirin, it improves circulation.

Fights against colds: Recent studies have shown that garlic has similar properties of antibiotics, so consumption may be useful to combat cold symptoms and to prevent them.

Cardiovascular Benefits: Scientific studies have shown that garlic can be linked to the prevention of heart disease. Studies suggest that garlic prevents the formation of plaque in the arteries, and may even reduce it.

Weight Loss: Garlic also helps in fat metabolism and so may have slimming properties if combined with a good diet.

Combats parasites: Garlic is a popular remedy for intestinal parasites and has been used for this purpose for many years.

Additional information

The fermentation that produces black garlic reduces its strong aroma and flavor, making it more acceptable and attractive to some people. The flavor of black garlic has been compared with a smoky, sweet dried fruit with a touch of salt. Black garlic does not have the same smell as white garlic which is, to many people, considered unpleasant.

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6 Reviews about What is Black Garlic and how could it benefit you
on 05/02/2016
So essentially, black garlic is just fermented white garlic right? Do these various health benefits only exist in the black garlic or can white garlic achieve the same results? I have heard garlic being used for many health remedies, including weight loss, cold and flu prevention and the deterrence of fleas for dogs! A great food and flavour, the smelly breath is SO worth it.
on 11/07/2014
So, when speaking about the benefits of black garlic, are these benefits independent from its white counterpart? Or is it essentially the same, nutritionally and medicinally, as white garlic? Is it used in cooking differently? We've recently started taking raw garlic in tiny, cut up pieces, and if you don't chew it, it doesn't give you stinky breath. This is one good way to reap its benefits, without having to cook a ton with it.
on 04/05/2014
on 02/02/2014
I found an article talking about this amazing product and decided to do more research, this is amazing, I am looking forward to use it to lose weight, that is my goal for this year and I haven't got good results since I am not doing it in the right way, but now I will look up for this ingredient and see what happens!
on 10/01/2014
That is what I am talking about,. There are many options and alternatives if the taste is the problem, and it is true because many people just avoid the garlic for the strong flavor and do not even give it chance to see the good benefits of it, this new way of consuming may be better in that case.
on 28/01/2014
I haven't tasted this product but as the previous person said, what better than having all the benefits of garlic without the strong taste of it, because many times we just put this product aside because the taste make us feel bad or scares us, it has a bad fame, but anyway this is such a bad thing for such a good nature's product

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