Sauteing a couple cloves of garlic with your veggies…great. Adding some garlic to your scrambled eggs to give them a boost…perfect. Garlic is great for adding some flavor to certain foods, but if you are looking to gain some material health benefits from that garlic, a couple of cloves will just not cut it. Studies have shown that raw garlic is necessary in high doses, about 5-28 cloves per person, per day, to view the health benefits1. Whereas supplement dosage is much lower. Here at Wakunaga of America, one of our most-used sayings is “Garlic is good, but Kyolic is better.” We say this because we have many 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, as shown above, can be quite large.
The Aging Process
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 850 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
Now that we have some backstory on the health benefits of raw versus aged garlic extract, and know a little more about how Aged Garlic Extract is grown, we will get into the health benefits.
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. And while these are the primary benefits, there are also a few more3!
Relief of allergies: Allergies affect so many people. The causes are complex, but they usually all result in a release of histamine by natural cells in our bodies called “mast cells.” Aged garlic extract has been shown to inhibit this process on a sliding scale. In other words, the more aged garlic extract a person takes, the greater its preventative effects. Also, aged garlic extract helps to reduce inflammation, further supporting its antihistamine role.
Stress and fatigue: Prolonged, excessive stress is recognized as one of the most significant contributors to internal organic disease. Short-term stress can motivate and activate important mental, emotional, and physical responses to our environment. In contrast, long-term stress – which is our individual response, and may include worry, anger, or fear – creates changes in body function and chemistry. Consequences of continued stress includes suppression of digestive and immune functions, blood sugar changes, hormonal changes, muscle tension, and pain.
Promotion of intestinal health: Healthy colonies of beneficial bacteria in the intestines are vital to digestion. They facilitate the breakdown and availability of numerous nutrients. They also control harmful bacteria and fungi. A well-known yeast, Candida albicans, is associated with digestive and systemic health concerns. Aged garlic extract inhibits the growth of this yeast and accelerates its removal from circulation.
Just about everybody can benefit in some way from Aged Garlic Extract. Test it out for yourself this month, and who know, it could become your new healthy living staple for 2020!
- 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.
- http://bit.ly/2qFcAw6 – Additional health benefits of Aged Garlic Extract