Modern Phytomorphology

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Alliicin: A Chemical Compound


Prity Sharma*, Chanchal Rani and Chetna

Garlic is known for its beneficial effects in literature. Allicin which is a component of garlic extract is majorly responsible for it. Allicin is a hydrophobic compound that is formed by alliin by the enzyme alliinase. Allicin is known to have antimicrobial activity like antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties. Allicin is also known to have inhibitory effects on tumors. It also provides protection against cardiovascular diseases. In this review, we have covered biosynthesis, production and the beneficial effects of allicin.


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