Spicing up your food with garlic can help protect your lungs against infections, finds a new research.
The study noted that a chemical found in garlic can kill bacteria that cause life-threatening lung infections in people with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that mostly affects the lungs.
AdvertisementThe chemical - known as allicin - could be an efficient treatment against a group of infectious bacteria that is highly resistant to most antibiotics.
Professor John Govan from the University of Edinburgh in Britain said, "At a time when novel antimicrobial agents are urgently required, chemical and microbiological research has the potential to unlock the rich reservoir of antimicrobial compounds present in plants such as garlic."
The chemical is produced naturally by garlic bulbs to ward off a closely-related group of plant pathogens found in soil and water habitats.