Wellness Database: Garlic
Garlic is a healthy part of any diet and may prevent heart disease risks.
Garlic May Be Beneficial For Those With Cardiovascular Risk Factors
Summary: The influence of garlic on serum lipid parameters was found to be beneficial in this meta-analysis. 26 studies were included. Serum total cholesterol (TC) and triglyceride (TG) levels in the garlic group were reduced and more effective for subjects with long-term intervention and higher baseline TC levels. Researchers found a variable range of influence among garlic powder, aged garlic extract and garlic oil. Results suggest that garlic was superior to placebo in reducing TC and TG levels, and may be of benefit as an adjunct therapy for patients at risk for CVD.
Garlic Supplementation May Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk
In a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized study involving 51 patients with coronary artery disease, results indicate that supplementation with garlic powder may significantly reduce cardiovascular disease risk. The patients received supplementation with time-released garlic powder tablets (Allicor) or placebo for a period of 12 months. Garlic powder supplementation was associated with a 1.5-fold decrease in cardiovascular risk in men and a 1.3-fold decrease in women. Additionally, garlic supplementation was associated with a significant decrease in LDL cholesterol in men and women. Thus, the authors of this study conclude, "Since Allicor is the remedy of natural origin, it is safe with the respect to adverse effects and allows even perpetual administration that may be crucial for the secondary prevention of atherosclerotic diseases in CHD patients."
"The effects of time - released garlic powder tablets on multi-functional cardiovascular risk in patients with coronary artery disease," Sobenin IA, Orekhov AN, et al, Lipids Health Dis, 2010; 9(1): 119.
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