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Garlic proves potent in decreasing blood sugar and cholesterol, study highlights

In a recent Nutrients journal study, Chinese researchers analyzed garlic's impact on blood lipid and glucose levels. With chronic diseases causing millions of deaths annually, the study aimed to address concerns like cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, often linked to dysregulated glucose and lipid levels.

From 2,553 papers, 22 studies involving 1,567 participants were included. Participants, aged 18 to 80, had various health conditions, with garlic interventions lasting 3 weeks to 1 year. Various garlic forms were used, including raw garlic and garlic powder tablets, at different doses.

The meta-analysis showed significant reductions in fasting blood glucose, HbA1c, total cholesterol, and LDL cholesterol, along with increased HDL cholesterol levels with garlic intervention. However, no significant impact on triglyceride levels was observed. Despite some publication bias and intervention variations, garlic's benefits on blood glucose and lipid profiles were evident.