Garlic and Garlic Supplements

New research claims garlic and garlic supplements don’t reduce cholesterol. Thomas H. Maugh II of The Los Angeles Times reports:
In an editorial accompanying the paper in the journal, Drs. Mary Charlson and Marcus McFerren of the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City wrote that the authors "convincingly demonstrate that raw garlic and two popularly used supplements do not reduce cholesterol."

The study did not rule out the possibility that garlic has some other beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system, Gardner said, but those potential effects need to be studied in similar trials.
This is kind of a no-brainer. Dr. Fuhrman will tell you, the key isn’t taking supplements or eating small amounts of healthy food in conjunction with the standard American diet. You need a total diet over all, not just putting a pig in a dress—or should I say putting a garlic supplement in a Chalupa.
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Andrew - February 28, 2007 11:42 AM

This article seems to actually indicate that all supplements are bad. What does Dr. F say considering that he supports supplements?

Gerry Pugliese - February 28, 2007 11:58 AM

Hi Andrew-

Yup, Dr. Fuhrman sells supplements, but here's the difference between Dr. Fuhrman and all the companies out there pushing magic pills. Dr. Fuhrman wants people to also overhaul their diets and lifestyle (i.e. a vegetable-based diet) and not just take wonder pills in conjuction with the standard American diet.

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