HEART ATTACK PREVENTION
Plaque buildup in the arteries, known as atherosclerosis, can greatly increase the chance of a heart attack.
Characterized by hardening and narrowing of blood vessels, atherosclerosis can reduce blood supply to key areas of the body such as the heart muscle and eventually lead to a heart attack.
In a small 2004 study from the University of California, cardiologists reported that aged garlic extract reduced participants’ risk for heart attack by about 50 percent
After supplementing for one year Later studies have supported these Ũndings, showing that AGE can slow the progression of artery hardening, and may even help to reduce blood homocysteine levels, which are thought to be another marker for inflammation and risk of heart disease.
Many cardiologists advise that one baby Aspirin a day can help reduce the chance of a heart attack.
The reasoning behind this is simple. Occasionally, blood clots can form within blood vessels, which may become deadly if lodged into areas that are already narrowed
by atherosclerosis. Preventing these hazardous blood clots by thinning the blood is why Aspirin is often associated with heart attack prevention for those who are at risk. However, Aspirin has its own set of medical complications that can occur, such as an increased risk of serious gastrointestinal bleeding.
Aged garlic extract may also prevent unwanted blood clots that develop in the bloodstream. Scientists in Liverpool, England, suspect garlic decreases clotting by suppressing calcium intake by platelets (which in turn inhibits the platelets from coming together and forming a clot) or by changing the activity of “messengers” in
The platelets Due to its ability to inhibit blood clots, AGE is often considered to be a blood thinner, which can interact with other blood-thinning medications and
There’s no doubt that aged garlic extract is not only considered an efective natural supplement for heart health but is also believed to be safe when taken properly. A review of research indicates 600 mg daily of AGE is an eŦective dose to bring about positive changes for cardiovascular health. By improving hypertension and high cholesterol, and reducing atherosclerosis, aged garlic extract is considered to be true medicine in the form of food.
Priyanka Gupta is a licensed naturopathic physician. She focuses on family health and is passionate about prevention through patient education.
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