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Garlic: Foe to Vampires, Friend to...Babies?
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No one wants to be kissed by a partner who's just chomped on a generous helping of garlic, but while it may kill both romantic evenings and vampires, garlic may actually be great for your baby. In fact, a recent study has shown that garlic-produced compounds could become instrumental in creating contamination-free formula for infants. This is one more discovery that shows one of the medical benefits of the herb. In this case, it may prevent the spread of infectious disease and actually save the lives of a number of infants in the process.
For some women, breastfeeding simply isn't an option due to certain health factors, and others may choose not to do so for a variety of reasons. Garlic may be the key to ensuring a safe alternative in either of these cases. Because baby formula is fortified food, it’s susceptible to certain food-borne pathogens in instant powders; this creates concern for parents who either want or must use formula. Garlic may eliminate these pathogens naturally, without the aid of chemicals.
Of course, infection by this particular disease is very rare in itself. This particular pathogen isn't very deadly for adults, so you need not worry too much about your everyday fortified instant powders. Unfortunately, though, it can cause major complications—even death—in infants. It acts as a poison in a baby's blood, with the infection ultimately resulting in meningitis.
Protecting baby formula during every phase of production is a priority, and garlic has been recommended as the best source for naturally eliminating this threat. It can be integrated in every stage of the food production industry, whether during initial processing of the formula, packaging or delivery to locations of sale.
It’s not that there aren't safety measures already in place to ensure that baby formula is safe—presently, chlorine is used to clean the pipes used in formula manufacturing plants. Garlic is simply a safe, natural alternative being considered in baby formula production. Mothers will undoubtedly be happy that a non-chemical means of resisting infection is in place, a fact that makes it a strong selling point for the companies that implement it as well.
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