Monday, 31 March 2014

Phytochemical allicin and anti microbial activity

Allicin is phytochemical containing sulfur in the class of organosulfur compound, found abundantly in onion and garlic.
The immune system is the set of cells and their activity against antigens or infectious agents that comprises of the body's defense system against diseases. The immune system does a great job of keeping people healthy and preventing infections. Beside foods and nutritional supplements, herbs also play a important role in helping the immune system defend against viruses and bacteria attacks.

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Allicin, the chemical compound of garlic is found to show a positive effect against infectious diseases caused by Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria. In parasite study, allicin inetracted with thiol groups of various enzymes against some major human intestinal protozoan parasites such as Entamoeba histolytica and Giardia lamblia; and iv). In recent publication, garlic extract is found to contain a broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity against many genera of bacteria and fungi. There result indicated that garlic may play an important role in the ecological control of pathogenic microorganisms in nature.

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(1) Antimicrobial properties of allicin from garlic by Ankri S, Mirelman D.(PubMed)
(2) Allium sativum (garlic)--a natural antibiotic by Adetumbi MA, Lau BH (PubMed)