We have all seen the movies where a character uses garlic to ward off vampires, and they may have been on to something. While vampires are imaginary, heart disease is not, and garlic has been proven to help keep heart disease at bay. It lowers cholesterol, specifically the LDL kind (linked to heart disease). (1)
Recent studies at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center revealed that heart patient participants with at least one blocked artery taking garlic extract daily had regression of arterial plaque. Conversely, the placebo group experienced an increase of plaque buildup. (2)
The study was led by cardiologist Matthew Budoff, M.D.
“We have completed four randomized studies to date,” said Dr. Budoff, “and all have led us to concur that aged garlic extract is both beneficial for slowing atherosclerosis and reversing the early stages of heart disease.”
Several studies demonstrate the relationship between increased garlic consumption and lower incidence of heart disease. In a study review, “Garlic and Cardiovascular Disease: A Critical Review,” published in The Journal of Nutrition, several factors previously studied involving heart disease were reviewed, including:
- Cholesterol and lipid-lowering effects
- Antithrombotic and anti–platelet aggregatory effects
- Blood coagulation, fibrinolysis and circulatory effects
- Blood pressure and vascular tone effects
- Effects on endogenous antioxidant defenses
- In vivo (clinical) studies
The conclusions about garlic’s role in preventing heart disease were promising: “In summary, evidence from clinical trials points toward garlic having a role to play in either preventing or delaying cardiovascular disease.” (3)
There are numerous other studies highlighting garlic’s potent powers and protections from heart disease.
For example, a study conducted by researchers at Emory University School of Medicine found that one component of garlic oil – diallyl trisulfide – serves as an adjunct treatment for heart failure, and is a protective component of the heart during cardiac surgery and following myocardial infarction (heart attack). (4)
While more in-depth studies are warranted, the current data is very promising.
You can include garlic in an endless amount of dishes, improving the flavor of many meals. Sautéed with onions (which are also good for your heart!), garlic releases a delicious aroma and adds a pungent, delicious kick to dishes.
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