fat a person had around their heart, the less risk of calcification they had. Another randomized placebo-con-

trolled study from UCLA looked at the ef- fect of aged garlic extract in patients on statin drugs.

For one year, patients took

either a placebo or 4 ml of aged garlic extract. At the end of the year, the rate of coronary calcification was 3 times slower for those taking the aged garlic extract. The authors suggested that "garlic may prove useful for patients who are at high risk of future cardiovascular events."

4. Garlic Lowers Blood Pressure Better Than Drugs

A groundbreaking study in the Pakistan

Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences com- pared garlic tablets with the blockbuster blood pressure lowering drug atenolol and a placebo. It found that garlic in daily doses ranging from 300 to 1,500 mg sig- nificantly reduced systolic and diastolic blood pressure in hypertensive patients compared to atenolol and placebo. How does garlic lower blood pressure? Sulfur compounds in garlic enter the red blood cells and are converted to hydrogen sulfide which dilates the blood vessels. That helps boost blood flow and reduce blood pressure. In another study, Chinese researchers recruited 125 stroke patients and asked them how often they ate garlic. The mean garlic intake of the group was 2.9 grams per day – about one clove. Then they measured arterial blood flow using an ul- trasound test. Researchers found they could accu-

rately predict blood flow based on the amount of garlic the patients reported eat- ing. Patients eating less garlic had poorer circulation. Those eating more had better circulation.

5. Garlic Fights Infection Garlic has potent antibacterial powers

and may be the life-saving answer to the growing problem of multi-drug resistant bacteria. Studies prove that garlic can kill at least 13 types of infections – both bacte- rial and viral. One study compared garlic to the antibiotic drug metronidazole in treating vaginal infections. Every day, women in the study received either two 500 mg gar- lic tablets or two 250 mg doses of metro- nidazole. After seven days the garlic re- duced the active infection by 70% com- pared to 48% for the drug. And garlic had no side effects making it a safer bet by far. Metronidazole is a probable carcinogen with a wide range of side effects including nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, headache, diz- ziness, and abdominal pain.

6. Garlic Prevents the Common Cold The Cochrane Collaboration in Aus-

tralia documented a study in which garlic reduced the incidence of colds more than 50 percent. Researchers gave 146 people either a placebo or a garlic supplement - standardized to 180 milligrams of allicin. Allicin is the compound that gives garlic its pungent smell.

After 12 weeks the placebo group had 65 total colds while the garlic group had only 24. In addition, the placebo group had a total of 366 sick days compared to the garlic group which only had 111. In other words, the placebo group had more than triple the number of sick days as the garlic group.

Garlic can also reduce the severity of

cold symptoms. In a randomized, double- blind, placebo-controlled study published in the journal Clinical Nutrition researchers gave 120 people either a placebo or 2.5 grams per day of an aged garlic extract supplement. Over six months, the garlic

group had 58 percent fewer colds and suf- fered 61 percent fewer days with colds. In addition, the garlic group had 21 percent fewer symptoms when they did catch a cold.

7. Garlic Beats Chelation Drug for De- toxifying Lead Garlic naturally reduces blood and

tissue concentrations of lead. And it's just as effectively as a common chelation drug. A study published in the journal Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology com- pared garlic to the chelation drug known as d-penicillamine. Researchers measured lead concentra- tions in the blood of 117 workers at a car battery plant. Then the workers were randomly assigned to take either garlic (1.2 milligrams of allicin from approximately 1,000 mg of garlic extract, three times daily) or d-penicillamine (250 mg, three times daily).

After four weeks, both the drug and

the garlic significantly reduced lead con- centrations in the blood by about the same amount. But the garlic also improved clinical symptoms while the drug did not. The garlic significantly reduced irritability, headaches, deep tendon reflex, and sys- tolic blood pressure. And the drug had serious side effects. The researchers concluded that "garlic seems safer clinically and as effective as d-penicillamine. Therefore, garlic can be recommended for the treatment of mild- to-moderate lead poisoning."

Garlic has been proven time and again to be safe and effective. Many studies have tested garlic oil, powder, or aged garlic extracts. But eating and cooking with fresh whole garlic is a great way to get the ben- efits on a daily basis. Aim for one clove a day.

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Add freshly crushed or chopped garlic to soups, stews, sauces, dressings, and vegetables. But let your garlic sit for a few minutes after crushing or chopping it. This allows the allicin to fully develop. Heating the garlic or adding an acid (like lemon juice or vinegar) right away will kill off many of the beneficial compounds.

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