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Garlic: a review of potential therapeutic effects
Planta Med. 1992 Oct;58(5):417-23.
In vitro virucidal effects of Allium sativum (garlic) extract and compounds.
Garlic has shown promise as a treatment for preventing colds and the flu.
Studies have shown that garlic reduces the risk of becoming sick in the first place, as well as how long you stay sick. It can also reduce the severity of symptoms (9Trusted Source, 10Trusted Source).
One study gave 146 healthy volunteers either garlic supplements or a placebo for three months. The garlic group had a 63% lower risk of getting a cold, and their colds were also 70% shorter (11Trusted Source).
Another study found that colds were on average 61% shorter for subjects who ate 2.56 grams of aged garlic extract per day, compared to a placebo group. Their colds were also less severe (9Trusted Source).
The studies listed above have shown antiviral, bacterial, antifungal effect of garlic of particular interest is the active ingredient called allicin. This is a compound that is not very stable and supplement companies have struggled to create a product that would deliver a therapeutic dose of allicin.
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