Garlic Guards Against Hip Osteoarthritis

Researchers have discovered that women can lower their risk of hip osteoarthritis if they consume a diet high in allium vegetables, such as garlic, onions and leeks. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in adults.

A study looked at over 1,000 healthy female twins, many of whom had no symptoms of arthritis. The researchers carried out a detailed assessment of the diet patterns of the twins and analyzed these alongside x-ray images, which captured the extent of early osteoarthritis in the participants' hips, knees and spine. The women who consumed a healthy diet with a high intake of alliums showed less evidence of early osteoarthritis in the hip joint.

According to Science Daily:

"To investigate the potential protective effect of alliums further, researchers studied the compounds found in garlic. They found that that a compound called diallyl disulphide limits the amount of cartilage-damaging enzymes when introduced to a human cartilage cell-line in the laboratory."

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