Garlic may not be able to ward off vampires, but it might keep the common cold at bay. British researchers found that people who took a garlic supplement suffered about 65 percent fewer colds compared to those taking a placebo. Plus, those in the garlic group who did come down with the sniffles recovered faster. One reason for these benefits, say the researchers, may be a compound in garlic called allicin that blocks the enzyme that plays a key role in bacterial and viral infections. Look for an enterically coated garlic supplement standardized to contain 4% allicin to ensure the herb’s beneficial compounds reach the bloodstream. Another bonus? The enteric coating also prevents the dreaded garlic breath that keeps many people from reaping this pungent herb’s health benefits.
Source: Good Health Lifestyles