You may have heard us use the phrase “garlic is good but Kyolic is better”. We say that because we have clinical studies that prove it! Although garlic has been used medicinally for thousands of years, it does have its limitations. There are clinical studies that show positive cardiovascular results with garlic intake but the volume of raw garlic needed to provide health benefits can be quite large. As stated in one published article, “Studies have indicated that fresh/raw garlic is necessary in high doses (5-28 cloves/day) to view health benefits, whereas supplement dosage is much lower.”1 And for some of us, the odor of raw garlic is not acceptable, not to mention digestive discomfort – especially if you need to take more than five cloves of raw garlic to derive some benefit!
The proprietary aging process that we use to create Kyolic® AGE™, results in very stable and consistent nutrient compounds in our product – from batch to batch. This makes studies that include our AGE™ very reliable. Our organically grown garlic is harvested at its peak, then sliced and prepared for the aging process. We conduct over 250 quality tests during the aging and manufacturing process to ensure the product meets our nutrient compound standards for purity and potency, as well as overall product quality.
There are over 800 published articles regarding our Kyolic AGE™ and a number of these include meta-analysis that look at multiple studies to find a correlation between garlic and cardiovascular health. As one published study summarized, “The most consistent benefits were shown in studies that used aged garlic extract (AGE)”.2
Yes, garlic is good in salads, sauces and even eaten raw, but for better health benefits, use the modern version of garlic that is Kyolic AGE.
NOTE: Don’t be confused by other ‘aged garlic extract’ products on the market. Ask for Kyolic – the originator Aged Garlic Extract, best-selling garlic product for over 40 years, and the one backed by science.
- Loy MH, Rivlin RS. 2000. Nutr ClinCare. 3(3):145-52.
Most studies on garlic and its effect on cardiovascular health produce positive results (e.g., reduced serum cholesterol, decreased high blood pressure and decreased low-density lipoprotein [LDL] cholesterol). Studies have indicated that fresh/raw garlic is necessary in high doses (5-28 cloves/day) to view health benefits, whereas supplement dosage is much lower.
- Varshney R, Budoff MJ. 2016. J Nutr. 146(2):416S-421S.
A review of double-blind, randomized, controlled trials and meta-analyses on the effects of garlic supplements on hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, C-reactive protein (CRP), pulse wave velocity (PWV), and coronary artery calcium (CAC) and their side effects were reviewed.
Four meta-analyses and two original studies showed garlic supplementation reduced blood pressure by 7-16 mm Hg (systolic) and 5- 9 mm Hg (diastolic). Total cholesterol was reduced by 7.4-29.8 mg/dL from eight meta-analyses. The most consistent benefits were shown in studies that used aged garlic extract (AGE). Rare adverse reactions with garlic have been documented.
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