University of Connecticut School of Medicine researchers found in an experiment that the heart-protective effects of garlic are strongest in fresh garlic, and weaker but still present in garlic paste, pre-peeled cloves, garlic powder and garlic pills. Specifically, fresh garlic was found to be superior in protecting the heart from damage, and also facilitating the recovery from damage.
Scientists must isolate causes and effects, such as the effect of different types of garlic on one function of one organ. But it's reasonable to assume that fresh garlic is also healthier for other organ systems and for health overall than non-fresh garlic. It's also reasonable to assume that fresh produce in general is superior to non-fresh.
The Spartan Diet calls for lots of fresh garlic, and never any other kind.
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