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April 9, 2009
Garlic (Allium sativum) has been known for centuries and used in every cuisine of the world for its specific taste coming from the essential oil containing in this natural food. Garlic received its name after an old Celtic word for “burning“, however, it originates from the Middle Asia. Garlic is mentioned in the earliest extant papyri, the Bible and the sacred writings of Ancient India and China. From the papyri, the world learned about a massive strike of ancient Egyptian workers who rebelled against a lack of garlic in their daily diet. Also, the Roman Emperor Nero ordered to incorporate garlic in the diet of his warriors in order to raise their spirit. Numerous therapeutic benefits of garlic include normalizing blood pressure, strengthening blood vessels, lowering the levels of cholesterol, enhancing our immunity, decreasing the risks of having cancer. In addition to that everything, it was recently discovered that garlic can also help people to beat diabetes type I and II.
Diabetes is a very common metabolism disorder, and millions of people around the globe suffer from it. Recently, Japanese specialists at the Suzuka University of Medical Science, leaded by Hiromu Sakurai, created a medicine based on a natural chemical compounds found in garlic. During the laboratory experiments, a newly created tablet based on allixin and vanadium compounds was given to mice with diabetes type I. It was found out that these natural components impact blood sugar, decrease glucose level in the blood, and also stimulate the pancreas to intensify insulin production.
Similar researches were carried out in India and Saudi Arabia, and the scientists confirmed blood glucose-lowering properties of garlic. The beneficial therapeutic effects of garlic is contributed to its antioxidative action. The vanadium-allixin compounds assisted greatly in keeping hormonal insulin levels under control and improving the function of thyroid gland. Japanese scientists underline that using this new tablet based on the beneficial properties of garlic is much safer and more effective than using the existing traditional treatment for type I diabetes: daily insulin injections. The results of the studies were published in a magazine of the new Royal Society of Chemistry in the beginning of the year.Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.