Aged Garlic Extract May Help Obese Adults Combat Inflammation
Could you imagine if garlic would be the answer to getting rid of the inflammation in your body? A new study shows that garlic extract can help regulate the immune-cell distribution and can even reduce blood LDL or bad cholesterol in obese adults.
Obesity has grown into a serious health issue worldwide, especially in Western countries. In the U.S., more than one-third of adults are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the study, led by Susan Percival, a UF/IFAS professor of food science and human nutrition, obesity often brings an increased risk of inflammation that may be able to be dampened by dietary means.
In the UF/IFAS study, scientists divided 51 obese people who were otherwise healthy into two groups: those who took the aged garlic extract for six weeks, and those who took a placebo. Researchers encouraged participants to continue their regular diet and exercise routine during the experiment.