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Slash Your Risk of Diabetes and Heart Disease with This Everyday Superfood

Tuesday February 12, 2019
Slash Your Risk of Diabetes and Heart Disease with This Everyday Superfood

The latest research on garlic encourages its consumption to maintain a healthy heart and lower diabetic risk(1). Bursting with a myriad of bio-actives, daily garlic supplementation can bring hope to individuals with cardiovascular and diabetes risk factors. 


Researchers at the Ilam University of Medical Sciences, Iran, reviewed a total of 33 studies on garlic and health biomarkers, which involved 1,273 participants(1). The dose varied from 500 to 20,000mg of garlic per day for a period of two to 180 days. To measure the effect of garlic on cardiovascular and diabetic outcomes, the trials measured blood lipids and glucose parameters. 


After pooling the results, it was found by Shabani et. al that garlic significantly reduced LDL and triglycerides in the blood. Moreover, garlic intervention groups experienced a marked reduction in fasting blood glucose, which suggests its effectiveness in helping to regulate blood sugar levels.


Shabani et. al speculates that garlic may improve blood lipid markers as it may increase the removal of triglycerides from the intestines. Although the mechanism behind garlic’s effect on blood glucose is unestablished, many trials have reiterated its therapeutic potential to reduce diabetic risk.


As the trials did not use a uniform dose of daily garlic supplementation, Shabani urges future researchers to pinpoint the amount necessary to reduce disease risk factors. Nonetheless, garlic’s long-standing use in traditional medicine alongside a multitude of scientific evidence signifies its powerful potential to support human health. 


Author: Salma Dawood is a Technical Advisor at Viridian Nutrition. She holds a BSc honours degree in Human Nutrition. 

 

References:
1)      Ehsan Shabani et. al (2019) The effect of garlic on lipid profile and glucose parameters in diabetic patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Primary Care Diabetes. Volume 13, Issue 1, February 2019, Pages 28-42

 

The information contained in this article is not intended to treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a health practitioner. Please consult a qualified health practitioner if you have a pre-existing health condition or are currently taking medication. Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet.

 

TAGS: Nutrition News and ViewsCardiovascular health, Cardio, Diabetes

 

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