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Remember the popular mouthwash ads warning against "halitosis" (bad breath)? If you've avoided the use of garlic and its reported cardiovascular benefits for fear of offending others, you might want to consider garlic tablets. In addition to reducing blood pressure and preventing intravascular clotting, consuming garlic may also help lower cholesterol, according to a report in the June 1993 American Journal of Medicine.

Half of a group of 19 men and 23 women took garlic powder tablets (300 mg) three times a day, while the other half received placebo tablets. All had a total cholesterol level of 220 or above. After three months, total cholesterol in the garlic group dropped from an average 262 to 247, compared to 276 to 274 in trhe control group. Although there was no change in HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, serum glucose and blood pressure, LDL ("bad") cholesterol went down 11 percent in the garlic group. Except for one person who complained of belching, none received complaints of bad breath or experienced other side effects.

If garlic can produce even a modest reduction in cholesterol levels, it would be a valuable adjunct to all the other drugless cholesterol-lowering measures available to us. A recent article in Circulation suggests that cholesterol-lowering drugs not only reduce thickening in coronary and femoral arteries but also in arteries leading to the brain. If further studies support this finding, garlic would have another important benefit to recommend it-- the prevention of stroke.
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Title Annotation:using garlic tablets to prevent cardiovascular disease
Publication:Medical Update
Date:Nov 1, 1993
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