The fermentation of the whole bulb of garlic at an extremely high temperature brings about the formation of Black garlic. This results in the formation of a distinct black clove. The fermentation is also called the “ageing process” with no fungus or yeast involved.
Garlic is known to have a whole lot of health benefits; black garlic however is superior to the normal garlic as it comes with even more health benefits.
Some of the benefits include:
1. Rich in antioxidants
Black garlic contains higher antioxidant levels compared to white garlic.
Antioxidants are essential because they prevent damage to the cells and also help repair the already existing damage.
Antioxidants also serve as a constant boost to the immune system.
It has been revealed that antioxidants offer protection to cells from free radicals damage making it ideal for the prevention of diseases. Free radicals damage the cells and this could lead to chronic diseases like Alzheimer’s, rheumatoid arthritis, circulatory problems, etc.
2. Lowering High Blood Pressure
Daily consumption of black garlic is nutritionally beneficial to people with high blood pressure. It’s better to consume raw, but taking supplements may also work in this instance.
3. Protects from Common Infections
White garlic contains antibiotics, antimicrobial, and anti-fungal agents as part of its active ingredients.
Allicin present in black garlic is absorbed by S-allylcysteine, which increases the rate of its metabolism. Allicin; a sulfuric compound is a natural antibiotic that will destroy any fungal or bacterial infection. This makes black garlic very good at protecting the body from infections. The compound can even eliminate bugs that are very resistant.
Another added advantage is that most bacteria cannot develop resistance to the compound. To enjoy this benefit though the garlic must be fresh, this is due to the fact that the active agent is rendered ineffective less than an hour after breaking the garlic clove.
4. Lowering Cholesterol Level
As explained earlier black garlic is a rich source of allicin which is a natural antibiotic. S-allycysteine present in garlic is a derivative of cysteine (Amino acid) which has a potential for lowering the level of cholesterol.
A study conducted at The Pennsylvania State University reported that SAC( S-allycysteine) present in black garlic, inhibits the synthesis of cholesterol. An added advantage is that black garlic also has a significant effect on blood circulation in the body.
5. Possible Cancer Fighter
Some reports have established that garlic is effective in dealing with cancer. It may help to prevent different types of cancer: Prostate cancer, bladder cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, and stomach cancer.
It’s vitamin B6 present in garlic that is said to be effective in combating cancer.
6. No smell
Unlike white garlic, black garlic leaves no trace of smell, so there is no bad breath associated with black garlic.
7. Healthy Vitamins
Vitamin B6 in garlic is needed for efficient cell growth as well as a healthy immune system. Vitamin B6 can also assist with mood swings.
The presence of high levels of Iodine in garlic makes it effective in treating hyperthyroid conditions.
9. Protect plants with garlic.
A mixture of garlic oil, water, liquid soap, and mineral oil can be used as a natural pesticide to control garden pests. Just pour the mixture into a bottle and spray over the plants to get rid of the pests.