The garlic industry, already benefiting from consumer awareness of garlic's health-enhancing properties, will be looking for a further boost following research showing it could decrease cholesterol levels.
A joint Israeli-Polish study carried out on rats found that garlic acts as an antioxidant and anticoagulant and lowered levels of cholesterol.
Commercial garlic could be included in coronary ­disease-preventing diets, say the researchers.
They stress, however, that the results of animal experiments cannot automatically be transferred to humans and clinical trials with humans should follow.