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Indian scientists are studying garlic extracts for treating covid-19.
About the Study
The study is being conducted by the Centre of Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing, Mohali and the Regional Centre for Biotechnology, Faridabad.
They are jointly researching natural garlic essential oil as a potential inhibitor of ACE2 protein.
ACE2 is a receptor that serves as the entry point for coronaviruses into human cells and the amino acids in the virus.
Garlic is a common spice for flavouring food. It is also used in traditional medicine prescriptions against common colds and influenza.
The essential oil of garlic is known to possess organosulfur compounds that exhibit strong antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, anticancer and antimicrobial properties.
Moreover, according to scientists, the daily dietary intake of garlic and its derived products as an adjuvant therapy may decrease side effects and toxicity due to the main drugs being used to treat a disease.
Note: Adjuvant therapy is a therapy that is given in addition to the primary or initial therapy to maximize its effectiveness.
Source: This post is based on the article “Indian scientists studying garlic extracts for potential covid treatment” published in Livemint on 7th September 2021.