TURKEY with garlic stuffing, gar-licked sweet potatoes, or cranberry-garlic relish probably did not show up on American dinner tables at Thanksgiving last week. Notably absent is a tradition of giving thanks for the existence of Allium sativum. Recent research, however, may encourage people to partake more often of the odorous bulb— perhaps even to the point of someday including it in holiday festivities.
Studies indicate that garlic may lower serum lipid levels, inhibit platelet aggregation, have fibrinolytic, antiviral, and antifungal properties, slow malignant cell growth, and modulate the immune system, says Robert I. Lin, PhD, Nutrition International, Irvine, Calif. Adds Benjamin Lau, MD, Loma Linda (Calif) University, up to 1985 at least 1000 studies had been published on the medicinal aspects of garlic and related plants such as onions and scallions. Both spoke in Washington, DC, at the First World Congress on the Health Significance of Garlic.
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