One in three women dies of heart disease in the U.S. And coronary heart disease (CHD), the most common, is the number one killer.
Women suffering from CHD have plaque in their arteries, the large veins that supply oxygen-rich blood to the heart. The plaque, made up of cholesterol, fat, calcium, and other substances found in the blood, can harden over time. When it hardens, your arteries get narrower, making it harder to transport nutrients and oxygen to the heart. That's when you're at greatest risk for heart attacks.
The trick is to reduce this deadly plaque before it hardens. And now researchers from LA BioMed, part of the School of Medicine at UCLA, have discovered a way to do that: garlic supplements. Researchers studied the effects of a 2,400 milligrams dose of aged garlic extract every day on 55 patients, aged 40 to 75 years. All the patients had soft plaque in their arteries, as well as other health conditions like high-blood pressure.
Those who took the supplements (rather than a placebo) slowed down plaque buildup by 80 percent. And because they also had less plaque, the aged garlic extract seemed to actually reverse heart disease, at least in its early stages.
Garlic is a powerful antioxidant, and other studies have shown that it can protect against heart disease and stroke. So ask your doctor whether these supplements are right for you. Or just use it more often to season foods when you're cooking.
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