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Wayne State plant physiologist offers best practices for using garlic in Huffpost Living feature

November 15, 2012


Suhasini Modem, a PhD in plant physiology at Wayne State University, provides best practices for using garlic. Smash, crush or cut it, and then let it sit for 15 minutes or so before using it. That will allow the enzyme allinase to convert the compound allin to its active form, allicin, which fights cancer. Eat garlic raw. By adding garlic raw at the end of your recipe, instead of cooking with it, you'll preserve all the anti-cancer properties. Sautéing garlic at medium temperatures for two minutes completely destroys its ability to inhibit the growth of cancer cells, Modem says. And combine your fresh, raw garlic with other healthy foods-perhaps with olive oil, Modem suggests.