Here at Wakunaga of America, we love garlic. Not just any old garlic though (which we still love), what we love is Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract (AGE). We created the original Aged Garlic Extract process and formula in 1959. Since we have an entire product line with aged garlic extract as the main ingredient, we wanted to take this opportunity to provide a refresher on our aging process, and on the many health benefits of AGE.
What is Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract?
Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract is truly one of the only odorless garlic supplements on the market. The production of Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract begins with garlic grown on farms in California under strictly controlled organic conditions, without the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. Our garlic crop is cultivated with time-tested procedures to enhance its beneficial constituents. Quality control begins when the harvested raw garlic is tested for conformity to specific quality control standards. Only the finest garlic is used for the production of Kyolic.
The unique aging process applied in manufacturing Aged Garlic Extract is what sets us apart from the other garlic products available on the market. First, the garlic cloves are cleaned and sliced. Then, under carefully controlled conditions, the sliced garlic is stored in an ethanol solution in stainless steel tanks, and is naturally aged, without heating, for up to 20 months. Through this unique process, the harsh and unstable organosulfur compounds are converted into mild and effective compounds including sulfur-containing amino acids and other compounds that are responsible for Kyolic’s health benefits. The aged garlic extract increases in antioxidant value during the natural aging process. This conversion eliminates the odor-causing components, resulting in an odorless extract that contains safe, stable, bioavailable and beneficial compounds1.
Speaking of its beneficial compounds, research on Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract has shown that it supports overall heart health, helps maintain normal cholesterol and blood pressure levels, circulation, immune function and overall well-being, to name a few. Check out these benefits below!
Here are some specific health benefits that may be enjoyed, while taking Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract:
Improved circulation: Kyolic helps to maintain blood pressure and blood flow through antioxidant properties.
Modulated blood pressure: Kyolic helps to maintain healthy vessel function through antioxidant properties such as protecting endothelial cells from oxidative injury and enhancing nitric oxide production, thus relaxing vessels.
Inhibited plaque formation in the coronary artery: Kyolic improves blood vessel function through its antioxidant properties and inhibits scavenger receptor expression, foam cell formation, and smooth muscle cell proliferation associated with plaque formation.
Enhanced HDL: Kyolic decreases LDL (bad) cholesterol, while increasing HDL serum levels.
Lowered cholesterol: Kyolic inhibits HMG-CoA reductase (this is an enzyme that forms cholesterol). Also, it inhibits the absorption of cholesterol in the gastrointestinal tract.
Platelets in the blood prevented from “clumping together”: Kyolic competes with agonists like adenosine diphosphate, collagen, which make platelets in the blood clump together, by suppressing calcium mobilization.
Prevention of the common cold: Kyolic enhances the immune system, increases antibody production and lymphocyte functions.
Did you know that Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract can also help reduce gingivitis! It’s true. Consuming Kyolic AGE at a dose of 2.4g daily, for about 4 months of daily use, has been shown to reduce inflammation and bleeding in the gums2.
Not only does Kyolic AGE reduce blood pressure, as mentioned in the list above, it also improves bacteria in the gut too! Gut dysbiosis has been linked to high blood pressure, systemic inflammation, and an increase in cardiovascular events. The latest research shows that taking Kyolic AGE at a dosage of 1.2g daily, reduces systolic blood pressure by 10 mmHg, and reduced diastolic blood pressure DBP, by 5.4 mmHG. 12 weeks of taking this dosage also was shown to increase the richness and diversity of gut microbiota3. Such a unique benefit!
With over 850 clinical articles published about Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract, it truly seems to be a life-changing ingredient, one that we are proud to include in our health supplements!
- Kyolic Monograph Brochure, Wakunaga of America, December 13, 2011.