New York : Listen to your grandmother when it comes to garlic and its health benefits. Don’t throw ‘sprouted’ garlic – old garlic bulbs with bright green shoots emerging from the cloves – in the garbage as it has more heart-healthy antioxidant activity than its fresher counterparts, reports IANS.

People have used garlic for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. “Today, people still celebrate its healthful benefits. Eating garlic or taking garlic supplements is touted as a natural way to reduce cholesterol levels, blood pressure and heart disease risk,” explained lead researcher Jong-Sang Kim from University of Iowa in the US.

Sprouted garlic has received much less attention though. According to various studies, when seedlings grow into green plants, they make many new compounds, including those that protect the young plant against pathogens.

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