Garlic: its cardio-protective properties

Curr Opin Lipidol. 1994 Feb;5(1):6-10. doi: 10.1097/00041433-199402000-00002.


Evidence that garlic inhibits platelet aggregation, increases fibrinolysis, reduces blood pressure, enhances anti-oxidant activity, and reduces serum lipids suggests that it may have cardio-protective properties. The lack of qualitative standardization of garlic preparations and the methodological weaknesses of earlier studies makes comparison between different studies complicated. Quantitative pooling of data in meta-analyses of the primary trials strongly suggests that garlic is an effective lipid-lowering agent.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cardiotonic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / epidemiology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / therapy
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Diet
  • Garlic / chemistry*
  • Humans
  • Hyperlipidemias / diet therapy
  • Hyperlipidemias / drug therapy
  • Meta-Analysis as Topic
  • Plant Preparations / standards
  • Plant Preparations / therapeutic use*


  • Cardiotonic Agents
  • Plant Preparations