While garlic may be delicious in pasta sauce or roasted with potatoes, we rarely think of it as a medicine. Over the years, the cloves or herbal supplements made from the cloves have been used to prevent or treat a wide range of diseases and conditions.
According to the National Library of Medicine, garlic can be used effectively for several conditions linked to the circulatory system and heart, including atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, heart attack and hypertension. Though supplements are not exactly the same as raw garlic, they still demonstrate the benefits of garlic on the circulatory system. The garlic supplements available on the market are one of the following four varieties:
1) Garlic Oil
Made by distilling crushed garlic; the condensed oils are mixed with vegetable oil and packaged in capsules. Contains the oil-soluble compounds which are the most potent sources of garlic odour.
2) Garlic Powder
Dehydrated and typically encapsulated with parsley, mint or citrus to decrease odour. If high heat is used in the process of making these powders, most of the beneficial compounds and natural enzymes are destroyed.
3) Garlic Oil Macerate
Designed originally as a condiment. Consists of garlic cloves or powder mixed with vegetable oil and encapsulated. Contains oil-soluble compounds as well as small amounts of water soluble compounds.
4) Aged Garlic Extract
Made from organically grown garlic that is crushed and then aged, converting harsh, odorous and irritating compounds into compounds which are safe and odourless. Gentler on the intestinal tract than other forms of garlic and does not have the offensive aroma of raw garlic or other forms of garlic.
Many scientific studies have confirmed the effectiveness of aged garlic extract, demonstrating nutritional support for the cardiovascular system, cancer prevention, detoxification and more.
Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract is cold-aged for up to 20 months; a process designed to naturally convert the harsher substances in raw garlic into gentle but beneficial, odourless compounds. It has been shown to have an array of benefits, including maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, enhancing circulation, supporting immune function, fighting stress and fatigue to help in maintaining healthy function of the liver and nerves. It also contains no artificial preservatives, flavours, colours, starch, wheat, corn, soy or yeast.
Since the development of Kyolic fifty years ago, aged garlic extract has attracted a lot of attention. Over 360 studies on aged garlic extract preparations have been presented at various symposiums, including the First world Congress on Garlic in 1990. Kyolic offers a diverse line of garlic supplements delivering a myriad of health benefits.