Garlic is good for the lungs

Dr. David Ku (University of Alabama at Birmingham) and his team report that a compound in garlic called allicin is very effective again pulmonary hypertension, a fatal disease that affects the blood vessels leading to the lungs.

Dr. Ku and his team induced pulmonary hypertension in rats. One group received an extract containing allicin, the control group received boiled garlic (containing no allicin). After three weeks, rats who received boiled garlic developed pulmonary hypertension, while those receiving allicin did not. The team postulates that allicin most likely relaxes the constricted blood vessels, thus reducing damage.

Interestingly, they found allicin had no effect on other types of hypertension, suggesting that allicin has a unique affinity for lung blood vessels. - HC

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