It’s like kryptonite for heart disease — but you don’t need to get a prescription or break the bank to get your hands on it.
If you’re at risk for a heart attack, you’ve probably heard all about the dangers of arterial plaque. I’m talking about that sticky gunk that builds up in your arteries, just waiting to break loose or cause a clot.
But now scientists say they’ve discovered an amazing breakthrough that can reverse arterial hardening and heart disease, and even slow the accumulation of plaque by a whopping 80 percent!
If this were a drug, you’d be seeing commercials for it around the clock.
But it’s not. In fact, it’s one of the oldest natural remedies around.
It can help fight bacterial infections, yeast infections (especially Candida), boost your immune system, is anti-cancer, fights inflammation and is high in vitamin C and potassium — whew!
And now a new study has confirmed garlic’s ability to help fight killer heart disease.
Research out of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center found that aged garlic extract supplements can put the brakes on the accumulation of artery plaque. And do it without all the debilitating side effects that come with risky heart meds like statins.
Lead researcher Dr. Matthew Budoff found after four randomized studies (the gold standard in research) that aged garlic supplements can not only lower buildup of “soft plaque,” but prevent “the formation of new plaque in the arteries.”
And there’s nothing warm and fuzzy about that “soft plaque” Dr. Budoff is talking about. It’s actually the worst kind — said to be the cause of most heart attacks.
We know that “hard” plaque sounds bad, and it is. Enough of it in your arteries and blood flow can slow to the point that your heart doesn’t get enough oxygen causing a heart attack.
But soft (also called vulnerable) plaque is even more deadly. It can actually burst right through the lining of a blood vessel causing a clot.
So garlic’s ability to reduce this soft plaque formation is nothing short of a life-saver.
Now, the people who participated in the UCLA study weren’t 20-somethings in the best of health, either. They ranged in age from 40 to 75 years, and had been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, a condition that includes risk factors for heart disease such as obesity and high blood pressure. The 55 study patients were given either 2,400 milligrams of the garlic supplement or a placebo every day for a year.
And to make sure of accurate results, the participants were all screened at the start of the research to measure their calcium deposits and plaque buildup in their arteries.
When a follow-up of the patients was done a year later, the total plaque accumulation for the ones given the aged garlic extract was found to have slowed by a whopping 80 percent, and the amounts of previously existing plaque had also been reduced.
And this wasn’t the first time that the research team had found evidence of garlic’s heart benefits. As Dr. Budoff noted, this study was the latest of four that have “led us to conclude that aged garlic extract can help slow the progression of atherosclerosis and reverse the early stages of heart disease.”
I told you about one of those back in 2014 that involved patients with blockages in at least one major cardiac artery. After a year, CAT scans showed that those given an aged garlic supplement had reductions of plaque in their arteries, while those who took a placebo only got worse.
Another beneficial effect from the garlic was to lower blood levels of homocysteine, a marker for heart disease.
So once again, research shows us just how Mother Nature’s creations can do things that Big Pharma can only keep wishing its $500 pills could do.
“Garlic: A natural cure for heart disease?” Nick Tate, January 25, 2016, Newsmax, newsmax.com