Black garlic has been used for many years in Asia both as an ingredient in recipes and because of its health benefits. The black bulb happens due to fermenting raw garlic through prolonged exposure to heat and humidity. Black garlic has a sweet and mellow flavor with an inky hue.
1. Helps to lower cholesterol
Recent studies have found that black garlic is an excellent way to lower LDL cholesterol which is the bad cholesterol. Lowering LDL is essential to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and premature death.The compound S-allylcysteine, a natural component of fresh garlic and a derivative of the amino acid cysteine, was found in much greater concentrations in black garlic One study found that participants who took black garlic extract daily for 3 months increased their good cholesterol while significantly lowering their LDL. The allprotein B in the blood lipids was lowered which is a strong indicator of lowering of heart disease risk.
2. Disease Protection
We have all been told about the antioxidants in garlic but researchers have found that black garlic contains twice the antioxidant properties. These antioxidants are the protectors of the cells from disease and may slow down the aging process. Studies are being conducted to find out how effective black garlic is at battling chronic disease. Researchers believe that the high levels of antioxidants with offer protection to the free radicals that cause the damage. Free radicals damage the cells and help cause heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s and other chronic diseases.
3. Black Garlic Contains Vitamins and other nutrients
Black garlic contains allicin which is the compound that is responsible for garlic’s health benefits but contains 30 times less of S-allyl-cysteine which can be toxic in large amounts. Research has found that a person can eat more black garlic with no real side effects. Black garlic contains phosphorous which helps to build strong bones and teeth, facilitate nerve conduction, filter out waste in kidneys as well as other functions. Researchers have found that black garlic contains other vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, calcium, selenium and the Vitamins B-6 and C.
4. Black Garlic May Help Diabetics
Black garlic has been found in studies to aid in regulating blood sugar levels and may potentially decrease the effects of some diabetic complications. In a study of diabetic rats, the black garlic proved helpful in the overall health of the rats by reducing the complications from atherosclerosis and nephropathy. The rats had lower blood sugar levels, cholesterol and triglyceride levels when fed the garlic. Compared to the control group of rats, levels ranged in lowering from 30 to 50 percent. Another study done on humans, found that the garlic when eaten by type 2 diabetic patients, saw improved blood cholesterol levels. The LDL was lowered and the HDL was elevated compared to those who were fed a placebo.
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Side Effects of Black Garlic
Black garlic is safe for most people but may cause some problems if consumed. Black garlic may cause heartburn, gas, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Garlic may also increase the risk of bleeding. Black garlic is thought to be safe if eaten in amounts normally found in food but may be dangerous if used in medicinal amounts.
Dr. Partha Nandi M.C. F.A.C.P. is a fulltime, practicing gastroenterologist and internal medicine physician. As an active holistic health practitioner in the field, Dr. Nandi is also the Chief Health Editor at WXYZ ABC Detroit. At the age of 16, he completed his high school education in Columbus, Ohio where he was awarded a full academic scholarship to The Ohio State University and University of Notre Dame. To remain closer to his family, he chose Ohio State. Partha graduated summa cum laude (Top 1% of the class), a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society, with a Bachelors degree in chemistry and a minor in classical Greek civilization. Partha also served as the Rhodes Scholar representative from Ohio State. Partha then traveled to Detroit, Michigan to obtain his medical degree at Wayne State University. At Wayne State, he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and graduated in the top 10% of the class. He also completed his internal medicine training at Wayne State University, where he was the intern of the year. He completed his gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Nandi practices gastroenterology in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. He is the author of several publications in peer reviewed journals. He is a national speaker, educating physicians on various topics within medicine. He is a patient advocate, emphasizing empathy in patient care and treatment of the entire patient, both body and mind. Partha is passionate, empathetic and dedicated to his patients and his community.