Hepatoprotective effects of garlic against ethanol-induced liver injury: A mini-review

Food Chem Toxicol. 2018 Jan;111:467-473. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2017.11.059. Epub 2017 Dec 5.


Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) is a progressively aggravated liver disease with a diverse spectrum from steatosis to hepatitis, fibrosis, and cirrhosis. Epidemiological studies reveal that alcohol is one of the major causes of advanced liver disease in Europe, United States, and China. Despite the considerable harm, progression in ALD research is slow and the current therapies for ALD have less efficient. Garlic (Allium sativum) has been used as a flavoring agent and also a folk medicine since ancient time. Along with the prosperity in the use of herbal medicines for the treatment of human diseases in recent decades, a series of studies have focused on the beneficial effects of garlic against ALD. This mini-review highlighted the protective roles of garlic against ALD and the potential mechanisms.

Keywords: Adiponectin; Alcoholic liver disease; Garlic; Kupffer cells; Nrf-2; Reactive oxygen species.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antioxidants / pharmacology
  • Ethanol / toxicity*
  • Garlic*
  • Humans
  • Liver / drug effects
  • Liver Diseases, Alcoholic / prevention & control*


  • Antioxidants
  • Ethanol