Consumption of a Garlic Clove a Day Could be Beneficial in Preventing Thrombosis
 
   

Consumption of a Garlic Clove a Day
Could be Beneficial in Preventing Thrombosis

This section is compiled by Frank M. Painter, D.C.
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FROM:   Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids 1995 (Sep);   53 (3):   211212

Ali M, Thomson M

Department of Biochemistry,
Faculty of Science,
Kuwait University,
Safat, Kuwait


The effect of the consumption of a fresh clove of garlic on platelet thromboxane production was examined. A group of male volunteers in the age range 40-50 years participated in the study. Each volunteer consumed one clove (approximately 3 g) of fresh garlic daily for a period of 16 weeks. Each participant served as his own control. Thromboxane B2 (TXB2, a stable metabolite of thromboxane A2), cholesterol and glucose were determined in serum obtained after blood clotting. After 26 weeks of garlic consumption, there was an approximately 20% reduction of serum cholesterol and about 80% reduction in serum thromboxane. No change in the level of serum glucose was observed. Thus, it appears that small amounts of fresh garlic consumed over a long period of time may be beneficial in the prevention of thrombosis.


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