Allium sativum, commonly known as garlic, has been shown to have a wide variety of cardiovascular benefits.
One such benefit includes its antiatherosclerotic effect against plaque buildup in the carotid arteries. A study published in the journal Atherosclerosis in May 1999 substantiated that not only a preventive but possibly also a curative role in arteriosclerosis therapy (plaque regression) may be ascribed to garlic remedies.
In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, the plaque volumes in both carotid and femoral arteries of 152 probationers were determined.
“Continuous intake of high-dose garlic powder dragees reduced significantly the increase in arteriosclerotic plaque volume by 5-18% or even effected a slight regression within the observational period of 48 months. Also the age-dependent representation of the plaque volume shows an increase between 50 and 80 years that is diminished under garlic treatment by 6-13% related to 4 years.” 1
Other studies over the years have also demonstrated the antiatherosclerotic effect of allium sativum:
Rassoul, F., et al. The influence of garlic (Allium sativum) extract on interleukin 1alpha-induced expression of endothelial intercellular adhesion molecule-1 and vascular cell adhesion molecule-1. Phytomedicine. 13(4):230-235, 2006.
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