Aged garlic extract is good for your heart

Researchers from Japan have found that aged garlic extract is good for the heart. In their study, which was published in the Journal of Natural Medicines, they looked at the effect of aged garlic extract on the functional property of platelet.

  • Aged garlic extract is a garlic preparation rich in water-soluble cysteinyl moieties.
  • Although it has been shown to possess multiple beneficial effects on cardiovascular diseases, such as prevention of platelet aggregation, its mode of action on platelets have not yet been fully understood.
  • For the study, the researchers gave aged garlic extract to mice and they assessed the platelet aggregation in response to collagen in laboratory testing.
  • The results revealed that the treatment of aged garlic extract significantly reduced the ability of platelet to clump together at the 14th day of treatment.
  • In addition, the aged garlic extract treatment produced platelets that responded to collagen.
  • Moreover, it dose-dependently suppressed the phosphorylation of signaling proteins.

In conclusion, the findings of the study suggest that aged garlic extract can protect the heart from cardiovascular diseases by inhibiting platelet aggregation through changing the functional property of platelets in response to collagen.

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Journal Reference:

Morihara N, Hino A. AGED GARLIC EXTRACT SUPPRESSES PLATELET AGGREGATION BY CHANGING THE FUNCTIONAL PROPERTY OF PLATELETS. Journal of Natural Medicines. 2017 January; 71(1): 249-256. DOI: 10.1007/s11418-016-1055-4

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