New Study: Aged Garlic Extract May Help with Inflammation Brought on by Obesity
A new study soon to be published in the Journal of Nutrition conducted by LA BioMed, has found that the supplement Aged Garlic Extract can “reverse the buildup of deadly plaque in arteries and help prevent the progression of heart disease.”
What is Aged Garlic?
Aged Garlic, Allium Sativum, is an herb used in ancient medicine, a healthy vegetable and a potent superfood that has been used traditionally for its vast health benefits. This herb has been specifically used to promote a healthy immune system, heart function, blood pressure, cholesterol and circulation. When garlic is aged, some of its health-preserving constituents are augmented, making it more powerful for the immune system without the odor, stomach upset or gassiness.
According to Nicole Crane, BS, NTP, garlic is rich in a sulfur-y compound called allicin that has powerful antioxidant, antibacterial and cardiovascular supporting properties. “Allicin tends to be very unstable and short-lived, quickly changing into other sulfur containing compounds. Aging garlic stabilizes the allicin and makes it more powerful. Aged Garlic in supplement form offers the most benefits in terms of allin’s bioavailability and absorption.”
The study involved 55 patients, aged 40 to 75 years old, who had been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is characterized by obesity, hypertension and other cardiac risk factors. All participants underwent screening at the beginning of the study to measure the total coronary plaque volume, as well as dense calcium, non-calcified plaque and low-attenuation plaque. The screening was conducted using Cardiac Computed Tomography Anigography (CCTA), a noninvasive imaging technology that accurately measures calcium deposits and plaque buildup in the arteries. Participants were either given a placebo or a dose of 2,400 milligrams of Aged Garlic Extract every day.
A follow-up screening conducted a year after the initial screening found that those who had taken the Aged Garlic Extract had slowed total plaque accumulation by 80%, reduced soft plaque and demonstrated regression (less plaque on follow-up) for low-attenuation plaque.