Garlic a positive addition to the pre-diabetes diet for cholesterol support.
A meta-analysis was just published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture (January 2012). The study was conducted in an attempt to determine the efficacy of garlic supplementation for assisting in the support of cholesterol. People are commonly looking for natural ways to manage increased lipid and cholesterol levels, especially if they have type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes metabolic syndrome. Garlic supplementation is a natural approach that has been advocated. The authors looked at the various studies on the subject to see what they say about the influence of garlic on serum lipid levels.
This meta-analysis included 26 studies and found that overall garlic was superior to a placebo in reducing total serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels. They found that the effects of garlic supplementation was more significant in people that had taken it for a longer period of time and had higher total cholesterol levels to begin with.
The researchers looked at the effect of garlic extract, garlic powder, and garlic oil. It appears that garlic powder and garlic extract were more effective in reducing total cholesterol levels. Garlic oil was more effective in reducing serum triglyceride levels. All lipid parameters were not lowered. Garlic did not demonstrate an effect on low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol, apolipoprotein B and total cholesterol/HDL ratio was not observed.
The authors concluded that garlic supplementation could be used to reduce triglyceride and total cholesterol levels.
People with diabetes and prediabetes metabolic syndrome are especially predisposed to dyslipidemia (poor cholesterol-lipid levels) and resultant cardiovascular disease. If you fall into this category, or have had problems managing your cholesterol-lipid levels, you should consider periodic garlic supplementation and/or periodically incorporating garlic into your diet. Favorable lipid-cholesterol levels can help mitigate possible cardiovascular disease resulting in diminished circulation to the heart, brain, and lower extremities. Naturally, the circulation to the lower extremities is of particular importance to me as I have seen that devastating effects of peripheral arterial disease. Eat a healthy diet and obtain regular movement-exercise for healthy circulation to the feet and legs for continued function and independence as you progress in years.