The benefits of garlic as a dietary supplement have been heralded for many years. Let’s separate fact from fiction so you can make an informed choice.
Out of 37 observational studies 28 showed some help in preventing cancer. The problem is these studies were simply use garlic versus don’t use garlic.
- Fact 1; Garlic does help prevent cancer.Out of 37 random trials dehydrated garlic (pills, liquid, etc.) showed a reduction in the bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides after 3 months.
- Fact 2; Garlic does help lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.In 27 small placebo/garlic controlled trials there was no differences worth mentioning for lowering blood pressure.
- Fact 3; There is no evidence at the current time to support garlic as a means to lower blood pressure.In 12 small, random tests, no changes occurred in the C peptide levels or serum insulin.
- Fact 4; Garlic has little or no effect on the glucose.Ten small trials were encouraging for platelet aggregation and plasma viscosity. Due to poor testing methods more research is needed.
- Fact 5; For platelet aggregation and plasma viscosity garlic may be of some help.A 3 year trial to determine the effects on myocardial infarction showed no difference between the placebo and those taking 6-10 grams of garlic ether extract. This trial did have some reporting problems so may be inconclusive.
- Fact 6; While not totally conclusive, it appears garlic has no effect on myocardial infarction.In two double-blind trials the distance a person having atherosclerotic lower extremity disease could walk without pain increased over a 12-16 week period. When combined with soya lecithin, hawthorn oil, and wheat germ oil the distance increased even further,
- Fact 7; Anyone suffering from atherosclerotic lower extremity disease will probably have less pain walking if taking a garlic supplement.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2Hbm_8y8uU
It’s obvious that garlic has many benefits as a dietary supplement. However more testing is needed under controlled situations to determine the true benefits of garlic.
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Remember that garlic is no different than anything else we put into our bodies. Some people will have side effects. The benefits of garlic come at the price of bad breath and body odor. Less obvious and not proven are flatulence, abdominal pain, asthma, myocardial infarction, bleeding, rhinitis, small intestine obstruction, and possibly a few other things. As with any supplement: check with your health care provider and discontinue use if you notice any side effects.