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Can Onions and Garlic Fight the H1N1 Flu?


The Associated Press recently reported that 24 out of 6,500 Moldovan soldiers have developed the H1N1 influenza in the past few weeks. To help stave off this illness, the army is adding the equivalent of a small onion and a few cloves of garlic to their diets each day. This small country has received a supply of the H1N1 vaccine but it is unclean whether any of the armed forces received it.

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Defense Ministry chief doctor Col. Sergiu Vasislita says about 0.9 ounces (25 grams) of onions and 0.5 ounces (15 grams) of garlic will be added to each soldier's daily diet. That roughly corresponds to a small onion and a couple of garlic cloves.

Garlic belongs to the onion family is a powerful immune booster that stimulates the multiplication of infection-fighting white cells, boosts natural killer cell activity, and increases the efficiency of antibody production. The immune-boosting properties of garlic seem to be due to its sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin and sulfides. Garlic can also act as an antioxidant that reduces the build-up of free radicals in the bloodstream. Unfortunately, scientific research into garlic's capacity to keep us healthy has been quite limited however that does not mean it is not effective.

Onions have been considered one of the top yet unforgotten immune system foods. This is because of the high concentrations of bioflavinoids and compounds rich in sulfur vitamin c, potassium, folic acid, zinc, selenium and this can help strengthen the immune system, but will it fight off the swine flu? Well people in Moldova think so.