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Garlic 'doesn't lower cholesterol'

27th February 2007

A new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine says it has debunked the claim that eating garlic every day helps to lower cholesterol levels in the blood.

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Senior author Christopher Gardner, assistant professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, said garlic simply didn't work. "There's no shortcut," he said. "You achieve good health through eating healthy food. There isn't a pill or an herb you can take to counteract an unhealthy diet."

Gardner said the study, which will be published in the Feb 26 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, is the first independent, long-term, head-to-head assessment of raw garlic and garlic supplements.

"The lack of effect was compelling and clear. We took cholesterol measurements every month for six months and the numbers just didn't move. There was no effect with any of the three products, even though fairly high doses were used," he said.

Researchers studied 192 patients with moderately elevated LDL cholesterol levels, averaging about 140 mg/dl. Some ingested raw garlic daily, while others tried popular garlic supplements. A control group took a placebo.

All participants showed virtually identical LDL readings at the end of the study with their starting point.

 

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Article Information

Title: Garlic 'doesn't lower cholesterol'
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 2091
Date Added: 27th Feb 2007

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