While fish oil supplements are often touted first for hearth health, research has shown a surprising and robust benefit of garlic therapy. Whether in your favorite Italian dish or taken as a dietary supplement, garlic has some very important preventative and healing benefits that cannot be ignored for heart health. Although raw garlic is powerful on its own, Aged Garlic Extract serves as even more effective natural antibiotic.
This common vegetable that you probably have stored in your vegetable drawer has a storied history of health. Garlic is one of the oldest cultivated plants on the planet and has been used by various cultures for thousands of years. It was worshipped by the ancient Egyptians and thought to ward off evil spirits and increase strength. Ancient Greeks and Romans used garlic, too. Greek athletes and soldiers ate garlic before entering the arena or the battlefield because they also thought it had strength-enhancing properties. Greek midwives hung garlic cloves in birthing rooms to repel demons. Roman soldiers ate garlic for inspiration and courage.
But garlic is not just a remedy of the past. Today, garlic has been the subject of 4,525 study abstracts that can be found in the National Library of Medicine showing it can successfully help with more than 150 chronic diseases, including infections and heart disease.
Aged Garlic Extract serves as even more effective as a natural antibiotic. Research has also shown that it can dramatically improve heart health; reverse early heart disease; and prevent strokes and heart attacks. Aged Garlic Extract may not replicate the effects of cholesterol or blood pressure lowering drugs, but it has been shown to reduce cholesterol by 10% and reduce blood pressure by three to eight points, which is very significant.
In fact, there are more than 870 peer-reviewed published scientific articles that demonstrate the efficacy of Aged Garlic Extract. In one groundbreaking clinical study we did at the Lundquist Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract was shown to reverse heart disease. In the study, we reviewed CAT scans of 72 patients with blockages in at least one major cardiac artery. One half of the patients were given a placebo and the other half were given two capsules of Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract to take once in the morning and evening. After a year, the CAT scans showed that the subjects taking the Aged Garlic Extract slowed total arterial plaque by 80%, reduced soft plaque and demonstrated regression for low-attenuation plaque, which is the most vulnerable component of atherosclerosis. From a cardiologist perspective, getting rid of plaque in the arteries is very hard to do, so this study was highly significant and promising. Also encouraging, was that the study showed that Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract had no significant side effects.
Aged Garlic Extract works through a multitude of mechanisms, to improve cardiovascular health by lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and inflammation in the body. This is exciting, because using Aged Garlic Extract therapy could potentially slow down cases of coronary disease that has become an epidemic across multiple populations in the United States.
Although one might inquire about eating garlic in their food instead of taking it in supplement form, I recommend my patients take garlic supplements, and specifically Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract, because it can be better tolerated, and allows for precise dosing and consistency. Reaping the health benefits of garlic in its raw form requires consuming large quantities and tolerating the resultant side effects of garlic breath and possible indigestion. Supplementation is much more effective and can yield potentially more powerful and precise results. Aged Garlic Extract, which is created by aging raw organic garlic in temperature controlled tanks for up to 20 months, increases garlic’s antioxidant potential and converts harsh and unstable organosulfur compounds into odorless, non-irritating and bioavailable compounds – unique compounds that are responsible for Aged Garlic Extract’s numerous health benefits.
Garlic also has an anti-inflammatory effect and has been shown to block inflammation and help with infections. Studies dating back for at least the past 100 years have shown that garlic can help with bacteria, viruses and fighting infections. Garlic can reduce the symptoms and sometimes even prevent someone from getting an infection.
A study conducted by the University of Florida found that high-potency Aged Garlic Extract can reduce the duration of the common cold or bout with the flu by as much as 61%. During this clinical trial, researchers gave 120 healthy adults a daily dose of either 2,500 mg of Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract or a placebo. After 90 days, blood samples from each volunteer were analyzed. Compared to the placebo group, those taking Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract had a significant increase in the number of immune cells. What’s more, the supplement appeared to enhance the function of two specific types of immune cells: NK (natural killer) cells and gamma delta T cells. One reason for this uptick in immune function, according to the authors of the study, is the glutathione-boosting ability of the sulfur-containing compounds naturally present in Aged Garlic Extract. Other research suggests that glutathione enhances the immune response by optimizing macrophage function while protecting disease-fighting lymphocytes from oxidative damage and premature cell death.
Therefore, in addition to the many heart health benefits of garlic, there are well-documented immune health benefits that cannot be ignored. As we move forward into 2021, we should all prioritize our immune and heart health. At this juncture, stress is inevitable; it’s how we manage it that makes the difference.
Biography: Dr. Matthew Jay Budoff, MD, FACC, FAHA, is a professor of medicine at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Budoff has authored or coauthored more than 50 books and book chapters and more than 2,000 articles and abstracts. He has been named to “America’s Top Doctors” for each of the past nine years.