Health benefits of garlic supplements

Health benefits of garlic supplements

Summary

Use of garlic in medicine dates back as far as the Sumerians, ancient Egypt, China, and India. They use garlic as herbal medicines to treat a huge range of common illnesses including colds and coughs.

Many cultures’ use of garlic is that much of it is now supported by modern scientific evidence. Garlic and its secondary metabolites have shown excellent health-promoting and disease-preventing effects on many human common diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular and metabolic disorders, blood pressure, and diabetes, through its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and lipid-lowering properties. So let’s look at how modern medicine explains its properties and how they work on the human body.

PS: This article focuses on health benefits of garlic or its herbal supplements. If you are interested in garlic chemistry, or a specific ingredients like Allicin, SAC (S-Allyl-L-cysteine), click the links to get more information.

 

5 Health benefits

Protection of the cardiovascular system
Helping alleviate oxidative stress. (Antioxidant Capacity)
Anti-microbial activity
Immune support, and Anti-inflammatory activity
Anticancer

 

Protection of the cardiovascular system

The results of randomized controlled trials have suggested that garlic supplementation modestly improves serum lipid profiles in individuals with elevated serum cholesterol and reduces blood pressure in hypertensive subjects. It is not yet clear whether garlic supplementation can reduce atherosclerosis or prevent cardiovascular events, such as myocardial infarction or stroke.
Learn more about how does garlic protect cardiovascular system.

 

Helping alleviate oxidative stress. (Antioxidant Capacity)

Oxidative stress is a form of cell damage. Research has shown that garlic and its organosulfur compounds has antioxidative effects, protecting the body on a molecular level from free radicals. Especially, allicin has been identified to be a strong antioxidant.

 

Anti-microbial activity

Garlic extracts have been found to have antibacterial and antifungal properties. Thiosulfinates, particularly allicin, are thought to play an important role in the antimicrobial activity of garlic

 

Immune support, and Anti-inflammatory activity

Garlic as an herbal medicine or its different bioactive molecules and formulations have been extensively probed in in vitro/in vivo animal models to examine its anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties. One of the main mechanisms observed is through modulation of cytokine profiles and, on the other hand, direct stimulation of immune cells. There is sufficient scientific evidence on the beneficial effects of garlic as therapy under different pathological conditions in animal models, but human clinical studies are still scarce and methodologically weak.

 

Anticancer

Cancer is one of the main causes of deaths worldwide.
Garlic can provide symptomatic relief of various cancer conditions, including breast, colorectal, colon, gastric, lung, and pancreatic cancers. It may be a therapeutic potential for specific cancer treatment that has been reported in human-based clinical studies
But the relations between garlic and reduction of risk of cancers are still uncertain
However, observational clinical trials shows credible evidence for an association between garlic intake and colon, prostate, esophageal, larynx, oral, ovary, and renal cell cancers.

 

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