Piedmont Physicians in Atlanta have been studying the effects of the garlic supplement and its effect on high cholesterol. Reports and claims in the past have stated that taking the over the counter garlic supplement will help lower the LDL bad cholesterol level to a more normal and healthy function. But Piedmont Physicians of Atlanta are discovering that these claims aren’t true.
According to Christopher D. Gardner, Ph. D. of Stanford Prevention Research Center, Gardner states that a larger trial of the garlic supplement had been done and concluded that the extended study on the garlic supplement and its cholesterol lowering ability simply wasn’t true. Gardner also stated that LDL cholesterol with too much low density protein could also heighten the risk of heart attack and stroke. Gardner also stated that for cholesterol levels to be normal and healthy, the levels should be functioning below a 130mg/dl.
So the next question may be if whether or not that the garlic supplement is useful for anything other than cooking. With further research, garlic could be helpful in reducing high blood pressure, Colon cancer, stomach cancer, and rectal cancer, fungal infections on the skin, tick bites, and hardening of the arteries. So if you’re someone who is looking for a more natural way of lowering bad cholesterol and don’t want to use prescription drugs, talk to your doctor about taking nutritional supplements, and do some further research for yourself. Also take your daily food intake into consideration, and reevaluate your eating habits and food to help, along with exercise.
Garlic could have other helpful benefits in body composition and health, but according to Piedmont Physicians, Lowering bad cholesterol isn’t one of them. Talk to your doctor about your research.
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