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02-09-2015

Garlic Against Alzheimer's And Parkinson's Disease

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There is no doubt about it, that eating fruit and vegetables is extremely good for our health. A recent study has singled out one particular vegetable that stands head and shoulders above the rest, as being beneficial to fight some serious life threatening diseases.
Garlic is eaten the world over and is a fantastic addition to food when you want utilise its unique flavour. Apart from the flavour, however, this vegetable is also renowned for the beneficial effects it has on our health. Its properties are known to be useful in helping with strokes, heart problems and hypertension. Now, a group of scientists have studied the consequences of using garlic on neurological diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. So what are the properties of garlic that are so beneficial? In the US, a study at the University of Missouri published its findings. The word 'superfood' gets used too much these days, but it looks like garlic is one food that is worthy of this title. According to the findings, it seems that each little clove of garlic contains a vast amount of components which are terrific at fighting infections. The scientists revealed that these components could actually protect brain cells, from the response of the body's natural immune system to smoking and environmental issues such as pollution. Their report doesn't stop at this, and goes on to link garlic as a sort of 'superhero' that is fighting inside our body, to protect us against brain injuries, aging, and alcohol abuse.
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In the US, around five million Americans are having to cope with Alzheimer's, which is one of the most widespread and more severe forms of dementia. Garlic could help in making the lives of suffers more bearable.
The University of Missouri revealed in its findings that the high concentration of FruArg, that is found in old garlic (AGE) is the element that when separated can be beneficial. The impact of FruArg on the cells of a brain promoted the rapid production of antioxidants, which then continued, not only to protect brain cells but also to actually heal them. It certainly seems that the humble clove of garlic could well be beneficial in helping sufferers of Alzheimer's disease. This may be only advantageous at protecting against things that cause the problem rather than helping at a later stage, but it is still of benefit. The fact that garlic is more of a protection rather than a cure gives us cause for hope, but we have yet to see trials on human beings.
Studies into the benefits of garlic on the brain have been limited so far to animals, but this could now be escalated in the future, because of the encouraging results.
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