Pharma Nord Bio Garlic
Garlic is a member of the onion (Allium) family, and is used (in fresh or dried form) as a source of characteristic sulphur containing chemical compounds (e.g. allicin, which is responsible for the odour of garlic), that have various actions within the body. Some of these compounds are present in garlic in a latent form, which are activated when garlic cloves are crushed or digested. Bio-Garlic is a formulation containing garlic powder dried in a special way to preserve the activity of these latent chemical compounds (particularly alliin and allinase) prior to their activation within the body.
What does Garlic do?
When garlic is crushed or digested within the intestinal tract, the sulphur containing amino acid derivative alliin is converted by the enzyme allinase (also present in garlic) into allicin, which is the most important of the active substances present in garlic. The activity of the enzyme allinase is reduced by heat, hence the physiological effects of cooked garlic are reduced. The active compounds in Pharma Nord Bio Garlic help maintain healthy blood lipid profiles; total cholesterol levels are reduced by approximately 10% (by mediating cholesterol synthesis in the liver), with a 15% increase in HDL cholesterol and 15% reduction in LDL cholesterol. Garlic derived compounds also help maintain healthy cardiovascular function, in particular blood pressure, platelet adhesiveness, and clotting. Garlic derived compounds have anti-microbial activity which helps maintain healthy immune function. Pharma Nord Bio Garlic is one of the best garlic supplements available.