198 – Garlic Extract Reverses Heart Disease – My Interview with Dr. Matthew Budoff

Does that headline catch your attention?

Dr. Matthew Budoff

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It certainly caught my attention. It is a bold headline. I had to learn more. I am a big fan of Kyolic Age Garlic Extract. There are over 750 studies on this unique garlic product. Each study reveals new reasons to be excited about Aged Garlic Extract. This latest study was published in The Journal of Nutrition, January 2016. Follow the link to read the abstract.

We all want good science to validate the products we use. For the best results follow the science. My guest is Dr. Matthew Budoff. Dr. Budoff has completed 4 clinical studies on Aged Garlic Extract. I have interviewed him after each study and if you want to follow the evolution of this science, you can listen to all of those interviews here. You can follow Dr. Budoff’s journey from skeptic to confident proponent.  The science and the results are compelling.

Here are excerpts from the Press Release.
arteries“Supplementing with Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract can halt—and even reverse—the accumulation of deadly low-attenuation plaque in arteries, according to new research in The Journal of Nutrition. The amount of low attenuation, or “soft,” plaque in the arteries contributes to the development of atherosclerosis and predicts a future acute coronary event like a heart attack or stroke. Since cardiovascular disease is the No.1 killer in America, these findings provide potentially life-saving hope for millions of people.

The study, which was conducted at LA BioMed and led by Matthew J. Budoff, MD, involved 55 patients, aged 45 to 75, that had been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. People with this condition are at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. All of the participants were screened at the beginning of the study to measure total amount of arterial plaque as well as calcium deposits, non-calcified plaque, and low attenuation plaque. The screening was done using Cardiac Computed Tomography Angiography (CCTA), an innovative imaging technique that can accurately measure both calcium deposits and plaque buildup in the arteries.

After the initial screening, each of the participants was given either 2,400 mg of Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract or a placebo each day for 12 months. At the end of the study, the subjects were screened again using CCTA. The Aged Garlic Extract slowed the accumulation of plaque by as much as 80 percent, reduced the amount of soft plaque, and showed a marked reversal of low-attenuation plaque among those taking the supplement.

Heart_attack_signEarlier studies have found that Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract, combined with other nutrients, reduces the progression of arterial calcification and decreases lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2). It also reduces oxidation, improves the elasticity of the arteries, and lowers both cholesterol and blood pressure. This new research simply adds to the growing body of evidence verifying Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract’s significant cardiovascular benefits.

We have completed four randomized studies, and they have led us to conclude that Aged Garlic Extract can help slow the progression of atherosclerosis and reverse the early stages of heart disease,” said Budoff. “This study provides further evidence of Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract’s cardiovascular benefits.”

The subject of more than 750 peer-reviewed studies, Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract undergoes an extensive two-year proprietary process that concentrates the active beneficial compounds in organically-grown garlic. This includes the potent antioxidant S-allyl cysteine and other sulfur-rich amino acids responsible for Kyolic’s wide-ranging health benefits, especially for the cardiovascular system. The process also eliminates the odor-causing components naturally found in the herb.

“This clinical study is very important because Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract has shown reproducible effects for slowing the progression of coronary artery calcium, improving blood vessel function, and reducing inflammatory and oxidative stress biomarkers,” says Masaki Matsushita, Director of Research and Development at Wakunaga, the maker of Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract. “This clinical study will be useful, not only in preventing the accumulation of low-attenuation plaque, but also potentially reversing it’s buildup in those at risk of a future cardiovascular event.” end Press Release.

GarlicHow can we not be impressed by this body of science? How do we get our doctors to consider the benefits of adjunctive nutritional supplements. I also want to make the point that Aged Garlic Extract is not a drug. It is a natural compound of food that provides significant nutritional benefit. It is the healing magic in our bodies that creates these effects. The Aged Garlic Extract is the method by which we deliver these nutrients to our bodies. Nutrients are not drugs and drugs are not nutrients. Don’t confuse the two. They can and should coexist with each providing unique benefits.

The science on Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract is incredible. Here we have a product that is safe, easy to take, odorless and has a huge body of evidence that these compounds are beneficial in many ways. Aged Garlic Extract can potentially reverse plaque in the arteries, lower blood pressure and cholesterol. It supports immune function. What other product has been proven to do all of that? It’s why I take my Aged Garlic Extract every day. You could do the same. To learn more click link to listen to more  Aged Garlic Extract Interviews.

Link to PubMed Abstract

About Dr. Matthew Budoff
Dr. Budoff, MD, FACC, FAHA, is an associate professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and is the Director of Cardiac CT at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, CA. A Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, Dr. Budoff has published more than 200 scientific papers on the topic of cardiology.

About Wakunaga of America
Since its establishment in 1972, the Wakunaga group of companies has played a unique role in promoting consumer health worldwide through the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of high quality medicinal herbs. The corporate philosophy of Wakunaga centers around a commitment to research and a mission to serve public health. This mission is accomplished by providing products of the highest quality, which are supported by truthful science and accompanied by helpful consumer information.

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1 MR PALEO May 1, 2016 at 8:11 pm

I agree… garlic is a potent healing agent, particularly in cardiovascular and immune system situations, but it should be noted that it can interfere or react with certain meds…


2 Steve Lankford May 3, 2016 at 8:48 am

We were not discussing garlic as the whole bulb but rather as Aged Garlic Extract which has not been shown to interfere with medications.


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