Tuesday, April 30, 2002

Even garlic can be poisonous

Beverley Simmonds had no idea of the powers of garlic.

That was until she spent the entire night after an enjoyable Italian meal at home with her family, writhing around in agony with stomach cramps.

On presentation to her GP the next day, she was told she had a classic case of liver poisoning, caused probably by an over-sensitivity to garlic.

A big fan of vampire and Dracula movies, Ms Simmonds, should have learnt her lessons from the big screen.

She said: "I had always known I suffered from indigestion after eating garlic, as well as chives and also onions. But never had I suffered from cramps as severe as these."

Otherwise known as the stinking rose, raw cloves of garlic have been used for thousands of years in Asia to treat ailments ranging from high blood pressure, infections and high cholesterol.

And garlic is now widely accepted among the Western medical community as probably having these same health benefits.

Source BBC News


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