Effect of Garlic on Cardiovascular Disorders
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The paper looks at the history of garlic as a health aid and discusses the recent findings that suggest the allium derivatives from garlic could play a key role in preventing and treating cardiovascular diseases (CVD). The paper explores the research on the medicinal and therapeutic benefits of garlic and finds that most researchers are willing to conclude that garlic has a preventative role, although some still insist that results are inconclusive. The paper asserts that studies in this area could be significant if it would be shown that garlic was as effective, or even nearly as effective, as pharmaceutical therapy, however, the paper points out that there remains the question as to the extent individuals will go for preventative care.
The Evidence in Favor of Garlic
The Evidence in Favor of Garlic
From the Paper:"According to the most recent statistics available from the American Heart Association, cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are linked to 34.3 percent of all deaths in the United States. It is a staggering number of deaths, particularly when nearly one-fourth of them occurred in people under the age of sixty-five (American Heart Association, 2011). There are more deaths in the U.S. from CVD than all deaths combined from diabetes, accidents, cancer, pulmonary disease, and influenza. In Europe, CVDs are the leading cause of death (Khoo & Azis 2009). Medical researchers are continually seeking ways to prevent and treat the diseases. Recent findings suggest the allium derivatives from garlic could play a key role.
"Garlic is one of the oldest cultivated plants and the most widely researched medicinal plant (Milner 1996, cited in Afzal et al. 2000). Garlic has a long history as a health aid. It has been found in tombs in ancient Egypt and Rome. Evidence suggests athletes consumed garlic for performance enhancement during the original Olympic games (Loy and Rivlin 2000). In eighteenth century France, gravediggers drank wine in which they had crushed cloves of garlic. It must have been a foul-tasting mixture, but they believed it protected them from the plague. In more recent history, soldiers in both World Wars used garlic to prevent gangrene. There does not appear to be anything in current literature that supports any of these claims."
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