garlic slows progression of calcified atherosclerotic lesions and atherosclerosis

Garlic can do everything. It can even save your life. Taking garlic can hold back the progression of the leading cause of death.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the world. It kills 17.9 million people a year, accounting for 31% of all deaths.

Atherosclerosis slowly develops over time and can lead to a heart attack. Calcified atherosclerotic lesions (CAC) in the arteries can predict heart disease. Garlic can slow down the progression of CAC.

This double-blind study gave either a placebo or 1,200mg of aged garlic extract twice a day to 93 people with CAC for a year.

CAC is a progressive disease and is expected to progress over time. The question is, Can you meaningfully slow it down? The surprising answer is, “Yes!”

The people in the garlic group had less progression than the people taking a placebo. The placebo group had 28% progression over the year compared to 20% progression in the garlic group. The probability of being in the group with the lowest CAC progression was 2.95 times higher in the garlic group.

Garlic also lowered glucose levels. The chance of being in the group with the lowest glucose levels was 3.1 times higher in the garlic group.

People in the garlic group also had significantly lower systolic blood pressure at the end of the year.

Another benefit of garlic was on markers of inflammation. IL-6 is an inflammatory marker that has been shown to be involved in the inflammatory process of atherosclerosis. In this study, the probability of being in the group with the lowest IL-6 was 2.56 times higher in the garlic group.

This important study shows that supplementing aged garlic extract can slow the progression of calcified atherosclerotic lesions and help prevent the world’s leading cause of death.

BMC Complement Med Ther. 2020; 20: 132

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