Natural Remedies And Its Effects

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Natural remedies have been used throughout history and within every culture to prevent and treat diseases. Specifically, plants have provided the foundation to alternative medicine, with some such as digoxin becoming adopted into conventional medicine (Walden & Tomlinson, 2011). Garlic (Allium sativum) in specific has a long history of both medicinal and culinary use, and has been more closely examined than many other herbs due to its weight in health benefits. The intact cells of garlic bulbs contain an odourless sulphur-containing amino acid, allinin, which has potent antibacterial properties and is highly odoriferous and unstable (Ebadi, 2006). Alliin is acted upon by the enzyme allinase to produce allicin, which produces the characteristic garlic odour and much of the pharmacological activity of garlic (Ebadi, 2006; Braun & Cohen, 2010). Asides from organosulfur compounds, garlic bulbs also contain protein, amino acids, fibre, lipids, phytic acid, saponins, beta-sitosterol and minerals such as vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, chromium, iron and selenium; all of which contribute largely to the medicinal use of garlic (Braun & Cohen, 2010). This essay seeks to explore in depth the cardioprotective, anti-microbial and potentially anti-cancer actions of garlic as growing evidence suggests these as the more effective natural remedy uses of garlic (Boon & Smith, 2004). Garlic has often been claimed as an effective herbal remedy for preventing chronic diseases
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