How Garlic Oil can Help Prevent Cardiomyopathy in Diabetic Patients
The article concerns the following question – How Garlic Oil can Help Prevent Cardiomyopathy in Diabetic Patients. For years before modern medicine, people have used garlic for its medicinal properties. From its usage of warding off evil spirits in Asia, to its use as a bactericide for British soldiers in World War I, the human race has been able to reap the restorative properties of Allium sativum, otherwise known as garlic.
Scientists have known for years that garlic has a high potential to prevent a type of heart disease known as cardiomyopathy. However, even though cardiomyopathy is the leading cause of death in diabetics, there has been little research done to see if diabetes patients with cardiomyopathy specifically benefit from garlic oil.
The vast majority (80%) of deaths in diabetic patients is due to cardiomyopathy, a disorder known to inflame the heart muscles and cause deterioration in heart function. In comparison, those with diabetes have twice the risk of getting heart disease than other people. It is because of this that blood sugar control is not the only concern in patients with diabetes.
In a recently published article found in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, garlic oil was found to have significant potential to prevent cardiomyopathy in diabetic patients. In this study done in the China Medical University, researchers used two groups of lab rats with diabetes as test subjects. Researchers fed the first group of rats corn oil, while the second was given garlic oil. The group of rats given the garlic oil showed significant improvement to protection of their hearts.
This study goes to show the reparative properties of garlic. Raw garlic on its own contains well over 100 biologically useful secondary metabolites including, but not limited to allin, allinase, ajoene, dithiins, and diallysulfide. Garlic oil contains at least twenty of these properties, which aid in a range of factors from decreasing bacterial growth and inhibiting mutagenesis in cells (which is why garlic and garlic oil aids in cancer prevention).
Of these compounds, the most notable for those with high risk factors for heart disease are compounds such as dithiins and ajoenes which contain antithrombotic properties. In laymen’s terms, it helps to prevent blood clots from forming by creating anticoagulants and helping to thin the blood. Specifically, garlic oil helps prevent platelets from clumping together in living creatures. This reduces blood clotting and blood pressure in those who eat garlic oil.
Some other exceptional properties of garlic: this bulbous plant has also been used to control blood sugar spikes in diabetic patients, helps to dilate blood vessels, and has even been known to increase a man’s sexual performance and enjoyment.