Dietary supplements can help support a healthy heart. Studies suggest numerous supplement ingredients, such as Aged Garlic Extract™ (AGE), hawthorn berry and phytosterols, may play a role. Depending on your current heart health status, supplements may enable your doctor to decrease the dose of prescription drugs that you need. Here’s a closer look at some of the supplements that may help support your heart health.
In studies, aged garlic extract is the type of garlic supplement that has been most consistently shown to have favorable effects on heart health. Kyolic® Aged Garlic Extract™ is produced through an exclusive aging process that eliminates garlic odor and harsh side effects. A heart healthy dose is 1,200 mg daily. “I recommend garlic supplements for heart health, but be sure to get one that is odorless, such as Kyolic,” says Patrick Fratellone, MD, an integrative cardiologist in New York. “If you eat garlic, its odor can be released through your skin. That’s a problem for some people, so an odorless supplement is a good alternative.”
AGE is one of the most heavily researched herbal medicines today and is among the most commonly used supplements in people with heart disease. Numerous studies suggest aged garlic extract may help improve risk factors for heart disease, including:
- Keeping bad cholesterol in check. Total cholesterol has been reduced by 7 to 29 mg/dL in garlic supplement studies, compared to a placebo. Scientists suggest this mild to moderate reduction may be helpful when added to statin medications, or for people who cannot tolerate statin drugs.
- Supporting healthy blood pressure levels: Studies have shown that garlic lowers systolic blood pressure 7 to 16 mmHg and diastolic pressure 5 to 9 mmHg, compared to a placebo.
- Staving off plaque in the arteries. Preliminary evidence suggests that aged garlic extract not only may help prevent plaque build-up in arteries, it may even help reverse it a bit.
It’s time to add a garlic supplement to your arsenal! One of our favorite AGE supplements is Kyolic Formula 100. This formula contains 600 mg of Aged Garlic Extract, designed to support and strengthen your cardiovascular system by maintaining circulatory function and promoting overall heart health. You can get the original formula in two capsules (per serving), click here or try Kyolic Reserve to get 600 mg of AGE in only ONE capsule per day. Also, if you are interested in an AGE vegetarian supplement…click here.
For more information on how to keep your heart in tip-top shape, check out our new heart health guide, The Heart of the Matter.
This article is for informational purposes only. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.