Systemic production of IFN-alpha by garlic (Allium sativum) in humans.

  title={Systemic production of IFN-alpha by garlic (Allium sativum) in humans.},
  author={Mau Bhattacharyya and Gannareddy V. Girish and Soumendra Krishna Karmohapatra and Salina Abdul Samad and Asru Kumar Sinha},
  journal={Journal of interferon & cytokine research : the official journal of the International Society for Interferon and Cytokine Research},
  volume={27 5},
The effect of foods on the production of interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) is currently unknown. Garlic (Allium sativum) used as a folk medicine is reported to stimulate nitric oxide (NO) production. We investigated the systemic increase of NO due to the ingestion of garlic on the plasma IFN-alpha level in normal volunteers. Normal volunteers (10 groups, 10 in each group) ate 2 g fresh garlic, and plasma NO and IFN-alpha levels were determined after 2 and 4 h. The participants were also asked to eat… CONTINUE READING
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