The LA Times reports that a study showed that garlic doesn’t make your cholesterol lower.

They fed a clove of garlic or a popular garlic supplement to a group of people, and there was a “control” group. When their cholesterol was checked, there was no change in the cholesterol in any of the groups.

The study was in people with “moderate” high cholesterol, not in those with high cholesterol. In addition, only several types of cholesterol were checked.

There has long been noticed that people whose diet included larger amounts of garlic had a lower rate of heart attack. However, it is uncertain if it was the garlic, or the other parts of the diet, example pasta, or even if it was related to the lifestyle of those who lived traditional lifestyles.(Farmers who ate lots of pasta and olive oil and did physical work and walked long distances, versus a modern sedentary life style).

Another problem might be dosage: one clove of garlic per day was the dose.

Finally, garlic is a known antioxidant and may make the blood thinner.

In the meanwhile, doctors are stuck advising diet and exercize and stress control, advise that goes back to the time of Hippocrates.

Nancy Reyes is a retired physician who lives with her husband in the rural Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket
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