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Coronavirus: Can garlic help protect against the deadly virus?

It’s well-known garlic has antibacterial and antiviral properties which may help fight off a common cold.

Garlic has been used for centuries as both a food ingredient and a medicine. Garlic contains compounds that help the immune system fight germs.

Whole garlic contains a compound called alliin. When garlic is crushed or chewed, this compound turns into allicin which is the main active ingredient in garlic.

Allicin contains sulfur which gives garlic its distinctive taste. However, allicin is unstable, so it quickly converts to other sulphur-containing compounds thought to give garlic its medicinal properties.

These compounds have been shown to boos the disease-fighting response of some types of white blood cells in the body when they encounter viruses, such as the viruses that cause the common cold or flu.

Can garlic help protect a person against coronavirus?

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