7 REASONS TO KNOW MORE ABOUT AGED GARLIC EXTRACT
By Dr Karin Ried, Director of Research at the National Institute of Integrative Medicine, Melbourne.
Garlic has long been used for health but now mounting clinical research shows that ageing garlic may have even greater benefits for good health.
Studies now show that specially formulated Kyolic aged garlic extract has the potential to improve our health on several levels.
Here’s seven good reasons to consider aged garlic extract in your health regime.
- Cardiovascular Health
Coronary heart disease claims the lives of one Australian every 26 minutes. Each year, around 55,000 Australians suffer a heart attack or that’s one heart attack every 10 minutes.
International research shows aged garlic extract has the potential to improve cardiovascular health on several levels.
The findings from a multitude of studies are now pointing to the beneficial effect of aged garlic extract for cardiovascular health.
It helps to improve blood pressure, maintain healthy cholesterol and may halt or reverse the build-up of dangerous plaque in our arteries.
- Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease and is linked to 70 per cent of heart attacks, strokes, and chronic heart failure.,
Research shows that aged garlic extract has the potential to reduce high blood pressure and can help with maintaining normal blood pressure.
My team, at the National Institute of Integrative Medicine in Melbourne, conducted a study which was published this year in the Journal of Integrative Blood Pressure Control.
Interestingly, we found aged garlic extract may significantly lower blood pressure in people with hypertension.
The 12-week study found aged garlic extract reduced systolic blood pressure compared to a placebo by 5mm Hg2 for about 50-60 per cent of participants.
Two-thirds of the participants had a family history of cardiovascular problems and three-quarters were already taking standard blood pressure medication for uncontrolled hypertension.
- Cholesterol Support
There is also evidence that aged garlic extract controls cholesterol concentrations when they are slightly elevated.
We know that aged garlic extract may help maintain cholesterol within the normal range and improve the good and bad cholesterol ratio.
- Healthy Arteries
Our arteries play an important role in our cardiovascular health. Hard and soft plaques can build up over time and can narrow our arteries. This is a major predictor of a future acute coronary event like a heart attack or stroke.
Aged garlic extract was found to halt or even reverse the build-up of soft plaque in the arteries in a new American research studyv published in the Journal of Nutrition.
Garlic has traditionally been used for the relief of colds, flu and coughs. Aged garlic extract helps to support and maintain healthy immune function.
Studies show aged garlic extract boosts immunity more effectively than fresh garlic, enhancing immune cell numbers and activity.
Garlic has potent antioxidant activity which helps to protect heart cells against free radical damage. The ageing process means the antioxidant effect is enhanced.
Kyolic® Aged Garlic Extract is made from organic fresh garlic aged for over 20 months. This process increases its content of antioxidants.
- High Tolerability
One of the best things about the ageing process is that aged garlic extract is well tolerated in comparison to other forms of garlic, in particular fresh raw garlic. Aged garlic extract is odourless, and has improved tolerability.
Aged garlic extract has active compounds that aren’t found in fresh garlic.
These include S-allyl cysteine (SAC), a water- soluble sulfur compound that is characteristic of Kyolic® Aged Garlic.
Kyolic® Aged Garlic Extract™ can be taken preventatively, particularly in the cold and flu season to help maintain your immune system.
If you’re taking prescription medication or about to have surgery, consult your healthcare practitioner before you use this product.
ABOUT A/PROF DR KARIN RIED
PhD, MSc, GDPH, Cert Integrative Medicine
A/Prof Dr Karin Ried is Director of Research at the National Institute of Integrative Medicine.
Dr Ried is Honorary Adjunct Assistant Professor, Bond University, Queensland, and Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at The University of Adelaide, South Australia.
Dr Ried has over 15 years’ experience in medical and public health research, and research interest in complementary and integrative medicine with a focus on nutritional health.
Her research projects encompass nutritional medicine, cardiovascular health, bone health, gastrointestinal health, cancer, women's health, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr Ried received a Masters Degree in Chemistry (1993) and PhD from the University of Heidelberg, Germany in the Department of Human Molecular Genetics (1997).
Her PhD and early postdoctoral work in human genetics at the Centre of Molecular Genetics, University of Adelaide, culminated in the discovery of various genes, one of which is involved in the development of cancer. In addition, Dr Ried completed a Graduate Diploma of Public Health at the University of Adelaide (2001), and a Certificate in Integrative Medicine at the University of Queensland (2009).
Dr Ried is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. Her research has been featured on national radio, television, and in the print media in Australia and overseas. She has mentored and supervised 30 early career researchers, MBBS students, Honours, Masters, PhD and summer research scholarship students. Prior to her current position at NIIM, Dr Ried has been the Program Manager of the government funded capacity building PHCRED program at the University of Adelaide between 2006 and 2012 and at Flinders University in South Australia between 2003-06.
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- Ried K, Travica N, Sali A. The effect of aged garlic extract on blood pressure and other cardiovascular risk factors in uncontrolled hypertensives: the AGE at Heart trial –Integrated Blood Pressure Control 2016: 9, 9-21.v Ravi Varshney and Matthew J Budoff (2016) Garlic and Heart Disease. The Journal of Nutrition; 1–3