Nonna Pina was on to something. Garlic has been proven in helping people with high blood pressure and also helps boost the immune system.
Fresh Garlic, garlic leaves, and garlic shoots are now in abundance at any farmer's market. Forgo the dried garlic for a few weeks and use the fresh stuff. I like to puree some garlic and freeze it, when I need to make a soffrito of any kind, I throw some in the pan.
Pureeing and Freeing Fresh Garlic.