Garlic helps child infections

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The antibiotic and antifungal properties of garlic may help
dangerous infections in children.

Researchers at the Child's Health Institute in Cape...

The antibiotic and antifungal properties of garlic may help dangerous infections in children. Researchers at the Child's Health Institute in Cape Town, led by Sid Cywes, Professor of paediatrics at the Red Cross Children's Hospital and Peter de Vet, have been administering a mixture of garlic and water to children suffering from a variety of infections. The active property of garlic, allicin, is only released on crushing and is destroyed by the heating process. Mr. De Vet commented, " The preliminary results in reducing infection have been very encouraging. We use it (the garlic solution) to treat children that are resistant to multi-action antibiotics, and children that have been on antibiotics for a long time and have developed oral thrush, with great success."​ Mr de Vet is hoping to start full clinical trials on HIV babies with candida infections in the near future. Source: BBC

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