Garlic prevents heart disease: Study

May 12, 2014  13:52

A new research showed, that garlic extract can stop heart disease from progressing and, in some cases, even reverse artery plaque accumulation, the Newsmax Health reported.

The studies were conducted at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and led by cardiologist Matthew Budoff, M.D. He took CAT scans of 72 heart patients who had blockages of at least one of major cardiac artery. He asked half of the study subjects to take two pills of Garlic Extract each day, one in the morning and another in the evening. The other participants took placebo pills.

After a year, he repeated the CAT scans and discovered that the subjects who took the garlic experienced regression of arterial plaque. The plaque buildup in patients who took the placebo got worse.

Aged garlic extract supplements are widely available in drugstores, health food stores, and online. It is odorless and does not cause bad breath like raw garlic.

Dr. Budoff notes that it reduces blood levels of homocysteine, a marker for heart disease. He recommends taking 1,200 mgs a day, split into morning and evening doses.

“It’s a perfectly natural supplement with wonderful science behind it,” the cardiologist says. “I’d recommend eating garlic daily, but it’s hard to regulate the amount of nutrients in natural garlic. That’s why we used extract in our studies.”

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