One of the single most popular herbal medicines and seasonings of all times, garlic with its intense odor, has a strong reputation that precedes it. It has been used literally all over the world to flavor foods, to ward off evil spirits, as offerings to ancient deities, and for its medicinal bounty. Garlic is commonly used to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
Garlic helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels.*
Diuretic, diaphoretic, carminative, hypotensive, hypocholesterolemic1
The bulbs contain 65% water, 28% carbohydrates, 2.3% organosulfur compounds, 2% protein (mainly alliinase), 1.2% free amino acids (mainly arginine), 1.5% fiber, 0.15% lipids, and a minute amount of phytic acid (0.08%), saponins (0.07%), and b-sitosterol (0.0015%). Garlic contains about 1% alliin (which converts to one of the more active constituents, allicin, upon disruption of the cells by bruising or crushing the bulb).2
The German Commission E approved the use of garlic to support balanced cholesterol levels and to support a healthy vascular system.2 Several studies on garlic date back into the 50's and even before.
Specific: Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner if using in higher doses used for therapeutic purposes and taking any medications. Garlic may cause gastrointestinal disturbance in sensitive individuals or in persons with acute or chronic stomach inflammation.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
- Khalsa Singh KP, Tierra M. The way of Ayurvedic herbs. Twin Lakes: Lotus Press; 2008.
- Blumenthal M, Goldberg A, Brinckmann J, eds. Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs. Austin, TX: American Botanical Council; Newton, MA: Integrative Medicine Communications; 2000.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
For educational purposes only.