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17. Garlic and Cholesterol Levels
Garlic may lower your total and LDL cholesterol.
If you have high cholesterol, garlic supplementation seems in clinical research to have reduced total and/or LDL cholesterol somewhere around 10-15%.
Looking at the bad LDL and the good HDL cholesterol specifically, garlic has been shown to lower LDL but has little to no effect on HDL.
Garlic though does not it seems lower triglyceride levels, which another supposed risk factor for heart disease.
18. Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Oxidative damage caused by free radicals is thought to contribute to the ageing process.
Garlic has antioxidants that aid the body’s protection mechanisms against oxidative damage.
High doses of garlic have been shown to increase antioxidant enzymes, as well as greatly reduce oxidative stress for those who have high blood pressure.
The combined garlic effect of reducing cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as the antioxidant properties, may help prevent or forestall several common brain diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.