Garlic: a precious help to the immune system of the brain
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According to recent studies, among the many virtues of garlic, it would be one to prevent aging of the brain and neurodegenerative diseases. Garlic contains a nutrient called FruArg that plays a protective role on brain cells.
Microglia are the immune cells of the brain and spinal cord. Microglia also act as a purifier, removing debris left by degenerating cells from the brain. During an inflammation or environmental stress, they multiply and move to the site of an injury to protect other brain cells from destruction.
The increase in the number of microglial cells results in some negative effects. This cell multiplication produces nitric oxide (NO). The excessive production of nitric oxide leads to brain cell damage and increased risk of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and cerebral ischemia.
Garlic FruArg has the advantage of reducing the amount of nitric oxide, it also promotes the production of antioxidants that increases the protective and healing effects of other brain cells.
Thus, garlic makes the brain more resistant to stress and inflammation often associated with aging and neurological diseases.
So as soon as you can, add garlic to your daily menus. The only drawback with garlic is maybe its retaliation in your guts and a ragged breath.