Grab Some Garlic to Lower Cholesterol
Garlic is one of those “wonder plants” with many restorative properties, and now a new meta-analysis (a study of several other studies) has been found that taking a garlic supplement can lower total cholesterol levels!
The analysis, published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, included data from 26 controlled trials in which garlic supplements were compared with placebo in people with high fat (lipid) levels in the blood.
Analysing the combined pool of data, the researchers found that:
- Overall, total cholesterol and triglyceride levels decreased in people taking garlic.
- Greater reductions were seen in people who used garlic for more than 12 weeks.
- Garlic powder and aged garlic extract were better at lowering cholesterol and garlic oil was better at lowering triglyceride levels.
(J Sci Food Agric 2012;doi:10.1002/jsfa.5557)