Garlic and Immunity
With the world’s focus returning to Covid 19, we are going to write a few upcoming newsletters related to improving immunity. While these articles are specific to improving immunity, they are not geared towards Covid 19 specifically. These are general informative articles geared towards simple step that have been shown in studies to improve our bodies immune reaction.
Most people are aware of the health benefits of garlic related to the cardiovascular system, but less are aware of the effect of garlic on immunity.
A study done in 2001 investigated the effects of Allicin supplementation compared to a placebo by looking at the amount of people who came down with the common cold (rhinovirus) in the placebo group vs the active treatment group.
WHAT WAS STUDIED?
146 people between the ages of 30-64 were randomly divided into two groups, one received a placebo and the other group received a form of garlic supplementation.
The two groups were evaluated over the course of 12 weeks to determine how many got sick and how long the sicknesses lasted.
WHAT WAS FOUND?
This double blind placebo controlled study found that the group which supplemented garlic had significantly fewer members develop the common cold compared to the placebo group, and those who did contract the common cold were sick for significantly less days than those in the placebo group. (P<.001)
WHAT ARE THE PRACTICAL TAKEAWAYS?
It is important to note again that this study is not particular to covid, but to the common cold. However, it is important to continually strengthen your immunity and supplementing garlic may be an effective way of doing that. Supplementing garlic is not always pleasant for many people but we have found that cooking with garlic is a very effective means of adding garlic into your daily routine, and is more practical than purchasing and taking garlic supplements.
Aside from the immunity benefits of garlic, there are quite a few documented cardiovascular benefits of garlic related to circulation, LDL, and HDL.
We recommend making garlic a part of your everyday life.
Josling P. Preventing the common cold with a garlic supplement: a double-blind, placebo-controlled survey. Adv Ther. 2001 Jul-Aug;18(4):189-93. doi: 10.1007/BF02850113. PMID: 11697022.