Garlic in the Ovine Fetal Environment
Physiology and Behavior
Nolte, D. L., Provenza, F. D., Callan, R., & Panter, K. E. (1992). Garlic in the ovine fetal environment. Physiology & Behavior, 52(6), 1091-1093.
We investigated whether the odor of garlic can cross the placental barrier from the mother to the fetal environment. Samples of amniotic fluid, allantoic fluid, fetal blood, and maternal blood were collected 0, 50, 100, and 150 min after a pregnant ewe (approximately day 110 of gestation) was gavaged with 6 ml of Egyptian garlic oil. A panel of judges detected (p < 0.05) garlic odor in samples of allantoic fluid, fetal blood, and maternal blood collected 50, 100, and 150 min after the ewe was given garlic and in samples of amniotic fluid collected 100 min after treatment.