Aged Garlic Extract Shown to Slow Heart Disease

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: Garlic, fresh or as an extract, has a ton of beneficial health properties.
Air Date: 9/10/14
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Matthew Budoff, MD
Matthew J. Budoff, M.D., FACC, is Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine and Director of Cardiac CT at the Division of Cardiology at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California. Dr. Budoff received his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine, as well as a fellowship in cardiology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

Dr. Budoff is chief investigator in several active medical research trials and is a frequent lecturer on topics of cardiology at symposia, congresses and annual conferences on nearly every continent. He has authored or co-authored over 500 research papers, six books and 36 book chapters.  

Dr. Budoff received the Einstein Award for Scientific Achievement from the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, UK, and was awarded the Top Oral Abstract at the American Heart Association’s 2009 meeting. Most recently, he was named to the U.S. News & World Report list of Top Doctors for 2011.
Aged Garlic Extract Shown to Slow Heart Disease
Garlic, fresh or as an extract, has a ton of beneficial health properties.

Aged garlic extract in particular has become the hot subject of many research projects as of late.

To create the extract requires a full three-year process, which begins with organic, raw garlic grown on farms under strictly controlled organic conditions, without the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides.

Through research, scientists and doctors like Dr. Matthew Budoff have discovered that aged garlic extract is extremely effective at lowering cholesterol, lowering blood pressure and reducing inflammation.

In fact, in four recent randomized trials, the extract was shown to slow (or reverse) the process of plaque build-up in the arteries.

In regards to inflammation, the extract serves a whole-health approach. Inflammation occurs when fat cells and other cells in your body produce an environment that "stirs the pot," so to speak, for heart disease and other ailments. It has been linked to cancer and a variety of other diseases as well. A chronic state of inflammation is truly detrimental to the body.

Who benefits most from aged garlic extract?

The extract can be taken by someone who already is experiencing cardiac disease, or those who have multiple risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and family history of heart disease.

It can also be very beneficial in a preventive state.

Alongside aged garlic extract, Dr. Budoff advocates his "ABCs of health," which include the following:

A: baby aspirin
B: blood pressure
C: cholesterol
D: diet
E: exercise
F: fish
G: garlic

Dr. Budoff joins Lisa to explain what aged garlic extract is, as well as how it's been shown to be effective in slowing and even reversing the effects of heart disease.