Fresh garlic is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Calcium, Phosphorus and Selenium, and a very good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and Manganese.
All Alliums contain iron and vitamins and have mild antibiotic and antioxidant properties. It is claimed that a regular diet of garlic will soothe asthma, lower hypertension and blood cholesterol and counteract arteriosclerosis. Health benefits of garlic also include helping to prevent cardiovascular disease, colorectal and gastric cancer and prostate cancer. According to tradition, garlic is a pungent warming food that is a tonic for digestion, energy and respiration.