Garlic's allicin appears to have infection-fighting action as well as potential cardiovascular effects including, possibly, the ability to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
Allicin is further broken down to a compound called ajoene, which may be the substance that inhibits blockage in blood vessels from clots and atherosclerosis.
Garlic & Heart Health: Garlic has been hailed for its anti-cholesterol beneficial effects A number of studies have found that garlic reduces elevated total cholesterol levels more effectively than placebo.
lowers LDL ('bad') cholesterol & triglycerides
increases HDL ('good') cholesterol
Garlic may also be beneficial for risk factors for heart disease, including high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Garlic & Circulatory/Vascular Health: Garlic supports the overall health of the circulatory and vascular system. Garlic has an anti-coagulant action which inhibits platelet stickiness (aggregation) and increases fibrinolysis, which results in a slowing of blood coagulation.
Garlic may help lower homocysteine levels. Homocysteine, similar to cholesterol, can contribute to increasing amounts of blood clots and plaque in blood vessels, which block healthy blood circulation.
Studies suggest that garlic supplements may prevent blood clots and destroy plaque, making it a useful preventative herbal remdey for:
atherosclerosis and stroke
peripheral vascular disease (PVD)
blood clotting problems, including traveller's thrombosis
Garlic & Infection/Immune Health: Garlic's allicin appears to have an immune enhancing, infection-fighting action against viral, bacterial and fungal infections including the common cold and Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria responsible for many peptic ulcers
Garlic & The Common Cold: A well-designed study of nearly 150 people supports the value of garlic for preventing and treating the common cold. In this study, people received either garlic supplements or placebo for 12 weeks during "cold season" (between the months of November and February). Those who received the garlic had significantly fewer colds than those who received placebo. Plus, when faced with a cold, the symptoms lasted a much shorter time in those receiving garlic compared to those receiving placebo.
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