Garlic Can Fight Chronic Infections

Garlic has long been touted as a way to ward off some sicknesses and infections. While some of this may be mythical than real, increasing evidence confirms that garlic does have certain anti-bacterial properties. A new study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, now helps explain how it works. Researchers found that an active sulphurous compound found in garlic, ajoene, can be used to fight robust bacteria in patients with chronic infections, such as cystic fibrosis. This compound is able to destroy important components in the bacteria’s communication systems, which involve regulatory RNA molecules. While there is still much more to be done to make this a practical treatment, it does show an important health benefit of garlic.

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