According to new research published in the journal PLOS one, using garlic to spice up your food can help protect your lungs against infections.
A chemical found in garlic known as Allicin, could be an effective treatment against a group of infectious bacteria that is highly resistant to most antibiotics, particularly cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that mostly affects the lungs.
Professor John Govan from the University of Edinburgh in Britain, believe that Allicin kills Bcc bacteria by chemically modifying key enzymes.
Allicin is produced naturally by garlic bulbs to ward off a closely-related group of plant pathogens found in soil and water habitats. The bacteria, known as the Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc), causes serious and transmissible lung infections in people with cystic fibrosis, and Allicin, researchers discovered, inhibits the growth of Bcc.
Reserachers are optimistic that allicin-containing remedies could be used in combination with existing antibiotics to treat Bcc infections.