Home > Heart Healthy Cooking > Fresh-Cut Garlic Reduces Risk of Heart Disease Get the Flash Player to see this player. Rate: (Click the stars to rate) Published on Dec 04, 2010 by Cleveland Clinic, Views: 1816 Fresh cut garlic may ward off heart disease. Recent studies show that raw crushed garlic generates hydrogen sulfide. When eaten, this chemical can benefit users by relaxing blood vessels and allowing more blood to pass thru the heart. Cleveland Clinic registered dietician Elizabeth Penniman explains how raw, fresh cut garlic's cardioprotective and antioxidant properties surpasses that of processed or cooked garlic.