In addition to my previous post, garlic also shows some promise.
Garlic Extract Paper (Garlic-Extract-Paper.pdf)
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An additional article regarding garlic.
Inhibition of Mycobacteria by Garlic Extract (Inhibition-of-Mycobacteria-by-Garlic-Extract.pdf)
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Yes, it looks like this research is continuing : https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S037887411831763X
As with all things medical/scientific, I fear it may have temporarily taken a back seat to Covid research. But since antibiotic-resistant TB is a huge issue world-wide, I expect to see it resumed as a great and inexpensive enhancement to antibiotic therapy. People with NTM should benefit too.
Thank you. I'm eating more garlic than before.
The organosulful compounds of garlic exhibit a rang of antibacterial such as bactericidal, antibiofilm, antitixin, and anti-quorum sensing active against a wide range of bacteria including multi-drug resistsnt (MDR) strains.
In the garlic studies, they never tell you how much garlic is needed. Proably these studies are all done invitro.
The first year I was diagnosed with MAC I tried and experimented with a lot of different alternatives. I tried cutting up one garlic bulb a day and letting it air for the allicin for about 15 minutes and then eating it on an empty stomach. I did that for a year.
My MAC cultures were still coming in often at 4+ But clearly the garlic had gotten to my lungs because my dear husband could smell my heavily-garlicked breath…LOL
I suspect you’d need to eat many bulbs or a perfected form of garlic extract to experience the beneficial effects.
Oh yes, I suspect you are right about the "garlic breath" & probably is about the massive quantity that would be needed.
I am hoping that we will begin to see research projects move forward as more partners are moving into the studies of NTM. It seems finally the community is learning to realize that this is an emerging medical problem.
Thinking back, I am certain I had NTM for several years before it was diagnosed in 2018. And my Mom, who had Bronchiectasis & passed away in 2011, probably had NTM for years. She would get bouts of pneumonia at the drop of a hat, 2-3 courses of antibiotics would get her "a little better", and the next cold would bring the pneumonia or bronchitis back again. But she never had a culture as far as I know…
There is a product called Allimax which contains Allicin (allium sativum L.), the active ingredient in garlic. It comes in 2 strengths and has very little odour. As much as I love garlic, this is a much easier way to take it!
Does this make any difference with keeping the infection at bay?
It’s hard to say how much it helps. I’ve been taking it since around the time I was diagnosed with Mac and I feel a lot better than I did then (nearly 4 years ago).
But is it the allimax? The nebulizing? The dietary changes? The exercise? The supplements? It’s likely all of these together so I’ll keep doing it all as long as it helps me to feel well.
I am new to all of this and I'm curious about what dietary changes you made and what supplements you're taking. Also, are you doing a specific type of exercise? Thank you so much. Donna Turnbaugh
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