Can Garlic Help Fight COVID?
It helps fight everything else! So, can it help fight COVID?
One study has already suggested that garlic may contribute to the fight against COVID. When people with COVID added allicin, an important ingredient in garlic, to their routine treatment, they had significantly greater improvement in cough, difficulty breathing, muscle aches and chest CT scans (Eur J Transl Myol 2021;31(2):9518).
A new study tried adding garlic oil (the study identify it as garlic essential oil) to conventional treatment in 197 COVID patients with mild to moderate symptoms.
The people who added the garlic oil got over their symptoms faster and tested negative faster than the people who just got conventional treatment. Their CT scans also showed that they improved faster.
Based on these results, the researchers recommend garlic oil as a preventative or supportive therapy for COVID.
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