Garlic and its effects on cholesterol and triglyceride levels

By: Dr. Ben Connolly, DC Jan 12, 2015
Garlic and its effects on cholesterol and triglyceride levels | Cornerstone Naturopathic, Upper Tantallon, NS

Good for the Heart!

Garlic has been known for quite some time to be good for the heart. Now a meta-analysis published January 2012 in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture  confirms that garlic is good for heart health.

This meta-analysis reviewed 26 studies and found that “overall, garlic was superior to placebo in reducing serum total cholesterol (TC) and triglyceride (TG) levels”. Specifically garlic powder, or aged garlic extract, was more effective in reducing total cholesterol whereas garlic oil was more effective in reducing triglyceride levels in the blood.

It was also found that garlic did not have any effect on other lipid parameters such as low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) or apoliproprotein B. They meta-analysis did conclude that incorporating garlic therpy into treatment for patients with risk of cardiovascular disease is beneficial.

You can read the abstract of the study here.

Since Dr. Ben Connolly graduated from medical school to start a practice, he has realized that to become an excellent doctor and not just a good doctor, he needed to build on his current foundation and expand his knowledge base. This thirst for knowledge has led him to enrol in several courses across North America to learn from the experts and leaders in their respective fields of medicine.

These opportunities have allowed him to enrich his skills and learn new treatment modalities in order to provide the highest calibre of patient care. Dr. Connolly is a professional member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) as well as the Nova Scotia Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NSAND).

Dr. Connolly is the owner of Cornerstone Naturopathic Inc. in Upper Tantallon, NS.