December 26, 2010
Garlic, Onions, Leeks For Lower Osteoarthritis Risk

Protect your hip joints with garlic.

Researchers at King's College London and the University of East Anglia have discovered that women who consume a diet high in allium vegetables, such as garlic, onions and leeks, have lower levels of hip osteoarthritis.

The findings, published in the BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders journal, not only highlight the possible effects of diet in protecting against osteoarthritis, but also show the potential for using compounds found in garlic to develop treatments for the condition.

This is not a prospective study with controls. So take it all with a grain of garlic salt. But it looks like the allium vegetables might cut arthritis risk.

The team carried out a detailed assessment of the diet patterns of the twins and analysed these alongside x-ray images, which captured the extent of early osteoarthritis in the participants' hips, knees and spine.

They found that in those who consumed a healthy diet with a high intake of fruit and vegetables, particularly alliums such as garlic, there was less evidence of early osteoarthritis in the hip joint.

Since I'm too busy to mess around with garlic bulbs I use garlic powder. Anyone know much about forms of garlic and potency?

Share |      Randall Parker, 2010 December 26 02:48 PM  Aging Diet Bone Studies


Comments
nick said at December 26, 2010 4:50 PM:

Hm... I think these vegetables are high in sulphur, which is known to benefit arthritis.

Brett Bellmore said at December 27, 2010 3:40 AM:

You know, you *can* buy garlic in the form of both peeled cloves, and minced. I'd be a bit more confident of potency if the garlic weren't so heavily processed. Diallyl disulphide IS volatile, after all. And it's only formed when the garlic is injured. So it won't diffuse away from whole cloves. Garlic powder? Better keep it tightly sealed, and refrigerated.

Luke said at December 28, 2010 7:08 AM:

Many do know... but I love garlic! I often enjoy simple sandwich made with mainly garlic, for many it's strange... I believe garlic is great vegetable and offers so many benefits - kills vampires as well ;).

Always have garlic at home!

AjoAficionado said at December 29, 2010 11:30 AM:

Since I'm too busy to mess around with garlic bulbs I use garlic powder...

From what I have read, powder doesn't have the nutritional power that the cloves do.
It doesn't take that much more time to use the real thing. Take out some garlic cloves. Place cloves on cutting board.Mash them with a glass jar or a big knife to take off the skin. Use knife to further separate the skin and the clove. Use garlic press. It takes less than a minute. Are you THAT busy?

apodoca said at December 29, 2010 1:13 PM:

It's good for your blood pressure. Garlic is. If your BP is high, and you eat a clove of pressed/crushed/chipped/grated garlic, you feel the drop as it happens. It's a general all round good for the body food which makes your breath smell horribly, but that can be counteracted by eating a few sprigs of parsley to kill the smell. The powder or pill doesn't act as quickly as the raw cloves.

Dig Garlic said at December 29, 2010 1:30 PM:

what about garlic supplements? Are they any good or does it have to be "real" garlic?

HawaiiBob said at December 29, 2010 1:43 PM:

Love garlic and use 3-4 heads a week. What I do is cut off the root end and place in a paper towel (works great if you're using a lot of cloves) and microwave them for 10 seconds. The skins usually pop off or the clove will slip easily out of the skin. Then I either slice them or use my garlic press depending on the recipe.

cbinflux said at December 29, 2010 1:51 PM:

University of East Anglia? University of East Anglia of Climategate infamy?!! Take their uber-biased science advice with a giant BLOCK of salt!

George said at December 29, 2010 3:20 PM:

I am with cbinflux with the doubt about anything coming out of University of East Anglia, but I have experience of a garlic infussion seeming almost like a miracle cure for chest infections, so it is doubtful the other departments there are as corrupted as the climate science.If they had talked about the healing benefits of copper bracelets or crystals,I would suspect the involvement of the "hide the decliners"in the Department Of New Age Science.

David said at December 29, 2010 6:57 PM:

I'm dubious about garlic powder, both medicinally and gastronomically. Too many volatile compounds in garlic, and I take it as a bad sign that powdered garlic tastes so different from (and so much worse than) fresh garlic. Ditto for pre-minced garlic -- really nasty stuff once you start cooking it up.

R. Harrison said at December 30, 2010 3:59 AM:

While my comments can hardly be considered "data," my personal experience does not support the study (unless you want to argue that my arthritis would be even worse had I not been a life long imbiber of garlic/onions). The amount of garlic that I use in most of my dishes is a family joke (they continue to comment on the lack of vampires attacking me). I love the stuff but my hip/knee pain is so bad some days that I can barely walk. Not only do I use fresh garlic, I grow (organically) most of what I use and have for over 40 years. The arthritis started around 20 years ago.

Phillep Harding said at December 30, 2010 10:04 AM:

As I recall from about 30 years ago, the "health food contingent" was saying that garlic that made you stink was more effective than garlic that did not. This was more a grumble than a hype. Worth a follow-up study, IMO.

R. Harrison: Lots of ways to mess up your body, lots of causes. Lot's of preventions. ("Stop sitting crosslegged" helped me.)

Mark said at December 30, 2010 3:59 PM:

Eat garlic because it makes lots of things taste great!

Secondary benefit... maybe it's really good for you too.

Garlic powder in a pinch, but the fresh stuff can't be beat for flavor. Jarred stuff isn't all that good IMO.

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