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What prevents garlic-induced anemia in humans

MasturDbtor
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12/30/2014 4:43:09 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
I read that garlic can cause this in cats and dogs, but it doesn't in humans.

Or does it? Is it a matter of dosage? Even if so what is it about humans that makes us more resistant to these effects?
slo1
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12/30/2014 10:11:34 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 12/30/2014 4:43:09 AM, MasturDbtor wrote:
I read that garlic can cause this in cats and dogs, but it doesn't in humans.

Or does it? Is it a matter of dosage? Even if so what is it about humans that makes us more resistant to these effects?

That is really a good question. I would guess that since the action involves oxidization of red blood cells which then causes them to get filtered out by the kidneys and that our red blood cells are similar enough as a dogs/cats that the action would be the same in us.

Maybe it is a matter of dosage, but also ability to replace red blood cells faster?

Dog's blood holds about twice as much oxygen so the effect of red blood cell loss is accentuated?

Here is a study of dog blood versus human blood. Maybe someone who knows of medicine could pluck a reason out of this.
http://www.jbc.org...