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Garlic as a Natural Diabetes Remedy

Garlic (Allium sativum) is an herb used to flavor food. It can also be processed and made into dietary supplements. In some cultures, garlic is used for medicinal purposes. The chemical in garlic of most interest for health purposes is allicin, which gives garlic its strong taste and odor. One of the claims for garlic is that the rates of certain diseases are lower in countries where lots of garlic is consumed. However, it has not been proven that garlic (and not some other factor, such as lifestyle) is the reason.
Research Findings on Garlic
Few rigorous studies have been conducted on garlic, allicin, or both for type 2 diabetes. In the diabetes research studies that have been done, findings have been mixed. There are some intriguing basic science studies that suggest that garlic has some biological activities that are relevant to the treatment of diabetes. However, the evidence so far does not support that there is any benefit.
Side Effects and Other Risks With Garlic
Garlic is safe for most adults. However, it appears to interact with various types of drugs. For example, when combined with certain medicines used to treat HIV/AIDS (NNRTIs and saquinavir), garlic may decrease their effectiveness. Garlic may also interact with and affect the action of:
Other possible side effects of garlic include:
  • An odor on the breath or skin
  • An allergic reaction
  • Stomach disorders
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin rash.
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