It’s well-known that garlic offers many health benefits and garlic supplements have been helping people for many years. Garlic lovers have no doubt about its endless benefits but for people still unsure about it, the results of a recent study have confirmed that garlic supplements may reduce high cholesterol and greatly decrease risk of heart disease.
The new research has found garlic supplements can reduce cholesterol in those with elevated levels by 8 per cent, a significant reduction as it is associated with a 38 per cent decrease in the risk of coronary events for those at 50 years of age. Led by Dr. Karin Ried of The University of Adelaide and the National Institute of Integrative Medicine, the study concluded that garlic supplements reduce blood pressure by a degree comparable to pharmaceutical medications, offering hope to those not responding to regular medications, or who would prefer a natural therapy.
The research is the most comprehensive to date (a meta-analysis of 39 primary trials) on the heart health benefits of garlic supplements. The results suggest garlic to be effective in reducing total serum cholesterol by 17 +/- 6 mg/dL and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol by 9 +/- 6 mg/dL in individuals with elevated cholesterol levels (>200 mg/dL) if taken for at least two months.The research also found garlic supplements have minimal side effects in comparison to conventional medication which include muscular pain, memory loss, sexual dysfunction and an increased risk of diabetes.
“For people experiencing slightly elevated levels of cholesterol, changes to lifestyle and proven natural heart health supplements such as garlic should be a first-option treatment ahead of frontline pharmaceutical medications” said Dr. Ried.
Garlic supplements can be a safe and effective alternative to pharmaceutical blood pressure and cholesterol lowering medications for many people.
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