Garlic in the Medicine Cabine

~ December 1997 No.26 ~

It is a spice that has been used for centuries by chefs around the world. It is thought to protect against vampires if worn around the neck. Its wild form is an endangered plant in some areas, because of over-harvesting. Garlic can be found in most people’s kitchens, and now many people believe that perhaps it should be kept in the medicine cabinet.

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The popularity of garlic and the growing belief that it can be good for the health has given rise to many garlic pills and capsules - even some products that won’t leave you with garlic breath. However, when purchasing such products, it is important to check what the levels of allyl thiosulfinates are. The amount of active ingredient and not the price should be used to decide which product to buy. Garlic is easy to grow and is usually not that expensive to buy fresh. But again, not all garlic is equal. Growing conditions can greatly affect the amounts of allyl thiosulfinates in the garlic.

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July 20 2015