Most of the health benefits in garlic can be attributed to the compound that is responsible for its strong odor.
Fresh garlic is a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C, supplying 5 percent DV per three cloves. Garlic also contains vitamin K, for blood coagulation. The minerals in garlic include manganese, with 8 percent DV per serving, for your nervous system and brain. In addition, garlic contains smaller amounts of copper, zinc, phosphorus, potassium and iron.
The antioxidant properties of allicin have been studied extensively for their potential benefit for chronic inflammatory diseases and effects on the cardiovascular system.