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The secret of Black garlic

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Black Garlic following a month-long fermentation process under strictly controlled heat and humidity. This very specific process results is a soft, jelly-like texture that is free from odour and has a taste similar to figs.

From a nutritional point of view, Black Garlic has a much higher content of allicin, the active ingredient in White Garlic that imparts its benefits, but without the odour. Additionally, Black Garlic is rich in amino acids and has almost double the amount of antioxidants when compared to White Garlic. During the fermentation process, the compound allicine (which gives raw garlic its distinctive odour) is turned into s-allcysteine. This is water soluble, which means it is absorbed more quickly and easily by the body.

Black garlic is a versatile ingredient so can be used in a range of meals to suit different tastes. You could start off by including it in a marinade to use for coating meat or vegetables, or adding it into a soup or salad dressing.

Black Garlic has many benefits as:

Full of antioxidants -  black garlic is packed with almost twice the amount of antioxidants as raw garlic, that helps prevent Alzheimer’s, circulatory problems, rheumatoid arthritis, and other chronic diseases.

Allergy relief - Whether you suffer from nasal or skin allergies, black garlic can bring significant relief. Black Garlic has the ability to turn off genes that cause inflammation and allergic reactions in the first place. It’s also known to strengthen the immune system, due to its abundance of antioxidants, which is important whether you have allergies or not.

In addition Garlic has the ability to kill bacteria as well as viruses, fungus’s and pathogens without harming beneficial gut flora, unlike antibiotic drugs.

Infection protection - White garlic contains antimicrobial, antibiotic and antifungal agents in its active ingredient, allicin. In black garlic, S-allylcysteine assists with the absorption of allicin, helping it metabolize more easily, which could offer boosted protection against infections.

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