The garlic isn't boiled. The water, when it reaches boiling, is removed from the heat and then the garlic is added. Believe me, this works, as it gave me die-off symptoms like nothing else during three months of diet and supplements. I agree with you that fresh garlic is the best, but it is not easy to down 4 large cloves of garlic. Swallowed whole doesn't do the trick. This is an easier and more pleasant way to get a lot of garlic down you.