January 22, 2016
Garlic Extract Cuts Soft Plaque In Arteries

Got high blood pressure and obesity? Garlic might cut your risk of a heart attack.

LOS ANGELES - The supplement Aged Garlic Extract can reverse the buildup of deadly plaque in arteries and help prevent the progression of heart disease, according to a new study scheduled for publication in the Journal of Nutrition.

The research, conducted at LA BioMed, found a reduction in the amount of low-attenuation plaque, or "soft plaque," in the arteries of patients with metabolic syndrome who took Aged Garlic Extract. Metabolic syndrome is characterized by obesity, hypertension and other cardiac risk factors.

The research was funded by a garlic extract maker.

My advice: fix your diet first. Cut out sugar and refined foods. Eat more fruits and vegetables and fewer processed foods. Maybe garlic extract helps. But it is not a substitute for healthy eating. Also, do weight lifting. More muscle mass will raise the rate at which you burn calories even when sitting still. Pumping iron provides other benefits too. Pills aren't a substitute for a healthy lifestyle.

Garlic extract (aged or otherwise) is a heavily researched topic. Have a look at the results of that PubMed search if you are interested in it. Aged garlic extract might have a number of beneficial effects.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2016 January 22 12:03 PM 

Tom Maguire said at January 25, 2016 3:09 PM:

I would welcome your thoughts on the likely health overlap between garlic (rich in S-Allyl cysteine (SAC)) and NAC, aka N-Acetyl Cysteine. NAC is widely hailed as a powerful anti-oxidant (as a glutathione precursor but why am I telling you?)

Randall Parker said at January 31, 2016 8:54 PM:


NAC's benefits: I suspect you are better off eating whey rather than NAC by itself. Whether you get a net health benefit from NAC is not obvious to me. NAC might help protect cancer cells. Its studies like that one that make me suggest you first improve your diet before popping pills.

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