What is inflammation?
Inflammation can be a two-edged sword, with a good side, and a bad side. Inflammation is the immune system's natural response to help the body fight and heal from injury or bacterial infection. This is good. Too much of a good thing can sometimes turn against you, however. Unfortunately, low-level, chronic inflammation can lead to disease over the long term. Here are two examples.
Extra weight can trigger inflammation, putting stress on body systems. Thus, those who are overweight, or obese, commonly suffer from the effects of chronic inflammation. In ancient times, garlic was used to help treat this problem and otherwise help maintain physical and mental health. Today, we have discovered the benefits of “aged” garlic. Aging garlic stabilizes its sulfur compounds, allowing larger, more easily digestible doses.
To determine the impact of garlic (aged) on overweight patients, the following study was set up. In the study, 51 obese but otherwise healthy people, average age 45.6 years, took a placebo or 3,600 mg of aged garlic extract in three 1,200 mg doses per day. Doctors asked participants to maintain their regular diet and exercise schedule.
After six weeks, compared to placebo, the garlic group had significantly lower levels of two inflammatory factors: tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFa) and interleukin-6 (Il-6). The garlic group also had lower levels of LDL-the "bad" cholesterol.
Reference: Clinical Nutrition; April, 2018, Vol. 24, 148-55
Discussing the findings, doctors said this may be the first study to test whether aged garlic extract may help prevent several chronic diseases linked to low-grade inflammation in obese adults.
Another condition connected to chronic inflammation is type 2 diabetes. Doctors knew that chronic, low-grade inflammation precedes and exists in type 2 diabetes, and they also know that recent research indicates that vitamin D exerts a natural anti-inflammatory action. So they collected and examined all appropriate published studies.
Their review of 20 placebo-controlled vitamin D studies covered 1,270 people with type 2 diabetes. The doses and forms of vitamin D in the studies varied, as did their durations.
Overall compared to placebo, those taking vitamin D had lower levels of the inflammatory factors C-reactive protein, TNFa, and fibrinogen, which causes red blood cells to stick together.
Reference: Nutrition Reviews; 2018, Vol. 76, No. 5, 380-94
Commenting on the findings, doctors said chronic inflammation in type 2 diabetes triggers insulin resistance, imbalanced lipid levels, and circulatory problems, all of which vitamin D may be able to counteract by reducing inflammation.
These two studies look at the anti-inflammatory actions of aged garlic and vitamin. There are numerous other supplements, of course, with powerfull anti-inflammatory action. Talk to the nutritionists or Pharmacists at Willner Chemists for recommendations tailored to your specific health needs.
The product referred to in the article is called Kyolic Reserve 600.
Each capsule contains 600 mg of Aged Garlic Extract. The dosage is 2 capsules 3 times a day.
Kyolic Reserve 600 - 120 Capsules
Product Number: 25640