Black garlic: What it is, what it is used for, and how to use it

 Black garlic: What it is, what it is used for, and how to use it

Lena Fisher

O black garlic is obtained from conventional garlic, as we know it popularly. However, the difference is that the dark-colored version undergoes a fermentation process. Thus, under a controlled temperature and humidity for a certain period of time, it is fermented.

Also, it is during this process that the color and consistency of the vegetable change, and thus we get black garlic, with a soft texture. This fermentation reduces the flavor and strong smell, which gives the food a sweet taste.

Thus, black garlic can be used in several recipes, such as preparing sauces, seasoning meat, salads or pasta, or to make the famous garlic bread, for example. In addition, it can also be used to flavor olive oils.

Properties of black garlic

It is possible to say that this version of garlic is more nutritious than the "conventional" version, because with fermentation, its properties become even more powerful. Also, black garlic is rich in polyphenols, flavonoids and organosulfur compounds.

Also, it is a food rich in vitamins B, C, and E. Not only that, it is a source of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and zinc.

Benefits of black garlic

Combats premature aging

As a source of antioxidants, garlic helps fight the action of free radicals in the body, which, among other things, cause premature aging of the skin and body in general.

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Strengthens immunity

With its strong antiviral and antifungal action, it helps strengthen immunity, and because it is abundant in antioxidants and vitamins, it works in favor of overall health. Also, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, black garlic helps fight disease.

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Protects heart health

Besides helping with weight loss, it is also an ally of cardiovascular health. How? In short, it helps control and reduce the levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) in the body. Not only that, it works to increase the level of good cholesterol (HDL).

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Lena Fisher

Lena Fisher is a wellness enthusiast, certified nutritionist, and author of the popular health and well-being blog. With over a decade of experience in the field of nutrition and health coaching, Lena has dedicated her career to helping people achieve their optimal health and live their best life possible. Her passion for wellness has led her to explore various approaches to achieving overall health, including diet, exercise, and mindfulness practices. Lena's blog is a culmination of her years of research, experience, and personal journey towards finding balance and well-being. Her mission is to inspire and empower others to make positive changes in their lives and embrace a healthy lifestyle. When she's not writing or coaching clients, you can find Lena practicing yoga, hiking the trails, or experimenting with new healthy recipes in the kitchen.