There are quite a number of reasons to include garlic into your daily food intake. Not only is garlic delicious as a seasoning on garlic bread and tons of other dishes, garlic has been tested and proven to provide health benefits to your cardiovascular system and many other necessary functions of your body. Unfortunately, preparing some roasted garlic bread once a week probably wont be as helpful as you may think. Since garlic is often prepared in so many different ways (steamed, fried, minced, powdered, etc.), it is vital for a health-seeker who is planning to consume garlic in an effort to improve the overall wellness of their body or ward off any impending health issue to understand exactly how garlic reacts with your body and how it is best absorbed.
Powdered garlic seasoning is the first thing that you should be aware of. Since these products are usually irradiated to increase their shelf life, you wont be receiving any benefits from these powders other than a nice flavor to add to your food. Many garlic pills, powders and oils have shown promising results in different areas of health, but certain factors are very important in determining which will do the most good. After ensuring that the pill, powder or oil you plan to use includes only natural garlic, you will then have to ensure that the way your body absorbs the garlic will allow it to break down in a beneficial way.
Most pills rely on an enteric coating to avoid being dissolved in the stomach, and are instead brought to the duodenum to be absorbed and broken down into your blood stream. These pills have shown positive results, but the amount of water, alcohol and many other substances in your stomach can detrimentally effect the amount of alliicin that actually arrives in the duodenum. These pills are often times combined with parsley and other herbs to combat garlic odor, and can be very helpful in providing yourself with a more exact amount of garlic each day.
Some of the good chemicals found in garlic remain even after being cooked, so there is really no harm in cooking some garlic smashed potatoes or Italian garlic bread on occasion. Still, remember that garlic is best taken raw. Powdered raw garlic is a proven antibiotic and also extremely healthy to eat, so consider crushing or powdering your own garlic every chance you get.