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Garlic is good for your heart: Study

Stinky garlic might not be good for your love life but it’s great for your heart.

Stinky garlic might not be good for your love life but it’s great for your heart.

“When it starts to smell, it’s working,” says cardiologist Dipak Das of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

He headed a research team that investigated the beneficial health effects of crushed or chopped fresh garlic and says science is now proving what people have long believed about the herb.

“Our grandmothers knew about garlic. There are lots of old ideas,” says Das, adding that many believed it to have antibodies against illness. Recent studies have shown garlic to be a cancer-fighting antioxidant.

But its benefits to heart health are also great.

In an article in the Aug. 12 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Das reported that feeding chopped fresh garlic to rats improved their recovery from simulated heart attacks over a group that received processed garlic.

While both types of garlic helped the rats’ hearts, the fresh garlic had a greater effect on restoring blood flow, the study found.

 
 
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