Garlic: its cardio-protective properties

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Abstract

Evidence that garlic inhibits platelet aggregation, increases fibrinolysis, reduces blood pressure, enhances anti-oxidant activity, and reduces serum lipids suggests that it may have cardio-protective properties. The lack of qualitative standardization of garlic preparations and the methodological weaknesses of earlier studies makes comparison between different studies complicated. Quantitative pooling of data in meta-analyses of the primary trials strongly suggests that garlic is an effective lipid-lowering agent.

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