Not only does garlic enhance the flavor of so many recipes it is also incredibly good for you. Garlic can help lower cholesterol, lower your risk of heart attack, prevent multiple types of cancer, and fight inflammation. The original Olympic athletes in Ancient Greece were given garlic - possibly the earliest example of "performance enhancing" agents used in sports. Several studies have shown eating garlic to be a cancer preventer. In combination with a plant based diet, garlic has cell compounds that trigger a variety of metabolic activities that include fighting off cancerous cells and fighting free radicals.