Friday, August 18, 2006

clean arteries

An old-fashioned remedy may help fight one of the newest identified risk factors for stroke and heart attack. In a group of high-risk cardiac patients, researchers found that those taking a garlic supplement for 1 year had a 12% reduction in levels of homocysteine, a chemical that irritates blood vessel linings, leading to plaque buildup. And although both groups were taking powerful cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins, artery blockages grew 66% more slowly in the garlic takers.

"This was a small study, but we were pleasantly surprised by our positive results," says Matthew Budoff, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Harbor-UCLA Research and education institute. The study used supplements of 1,200-mg garlic extract per day. Garlic adds to statin's protection.


Chana said...

i have heard those garlic pills are good for many different things. also that they don't smell bad or leave their smell behind. not that i have use them..

have fun in the wedding. take care. dance for me. hugs.

jan said...

I take garlic supplements, have for a long time even though people make fun of me. But I have good physical check up results, so why wait until the whole medical community agrees--as if they ever would.