The most important chemical constituents found in the garlic bulb are the sulphur compounds, predominantly alliin. When the garlic bulb is crushed, minced, or otherwise processed, alliin is released and interacts with the enzyme alliinase. Hydrolysis and immediate condensation of the reactive intermediate allylsulfenic acid forms allicin. One milligram of alliin is considered to be equivalent to 0.45 mg of allicin. Allicin itself is an unstable product and will undergo additional reactions to form other derivatives depending on environmental and processing conditions. These compounds work together to lower blood pressure, tone up cardiac muscles and combat dyspepsia. Herb functions: Antihyperlipidemic: Lasuna lowers cholesterol, plasma lipids, cholesterol biosynthesis and atherogenesis (the accumulation of lipid-containing plaque on the innermost layer of the artery wall). Allicin lowers serum and total lipids levels in the liver, phospholipids, triglycerides and total cholesterol. Antihypertensive: Lasuna helps in vasodilation. Vasodilation relaxes the blood vessels so that blood moves easily through them, and, subsequently, the pressure exerted by the blood on the artery walls is reduced. By closing the calcium channels, the cardiac output is decreased due to the less frequent contractions of the cardiac muscle. This action is helpful in reducing blood pressure. Antithrombotic: Lasuna increases serum fibrinolytic activity and inhibits platelet aggregation. Adenosine, alliin, allicin and the transformation products of allicin (the ajoenes, vinyldithiins, and dialkyloligosulfides), are responsible for the inhibition of platelet adhesion and aggregation. These properties of Lasuna make it an excellent choice in conditions like coronary atherosclerosis, ischemic heart disease, peripheral vascular disease and other vascular diseases. Expectorant: Lasuna has been traditionally used in respiratory conditions like asthma and bronchitis. The herb contains sulphur compounds, which contribute towards its mucolytic and expectorant properties. Digestive: The Lasuna bulb is effective in treating dyspepsia as it stimulates peristaltic action and the secretion of digestive juices. It also relieves flatulence. Indications: Susceptibility for increased levels of cholesterol in the blood (for those with positive family history, sedentary work habits and lifestyle) Dyspepsia Flatulence Contraindications: None Recommended dose: One capsule, twice a day or as directed by your physician Composition: Each capsule contains 250mg extract of Lasuna Note: Since Himalaya’s Pure Herbs are in capsule form, some children below 14 years may find it difficult to swallow them. For this reason, Pure Herbs are recommended for children ages 14 and above. The information on this page is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat your problem without consulting your doctor.