July 11, 2012 by  
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In scientific research, concentrated extracts of garlic (Allium sativum) resulted in better utilization of insulin in rabbits (Jain & Vyas, 1975) and I have read many similar results from human clinical trials over the years. Therefore, if you have elevated blood glucose levels it may be worthwhile taking garlic capsules, but make sure they do not have the allicin removed (which is what causes the odour in garlic), because this is the main therapeutic substance so garlic supplements that don’t contain it would be useless.

Including fresh garlic cloves in your daily diet may also be beneficial but is nowhere near as powerful as the concentrated amounts you find in supplements. Obviously weight loss (if required) through a healthy diet and regular exercise will also help reduce elevated blood glucose and chromium and cinnamon bark supplements may also be useful, but see your naturopathic health practitioner before taking.

Yours In Great Health,

Sar Rooney BHSc., ND., DC., DASc., GDSc. (Hons), MATMS, MNHAA, MHATO

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Jain, R & Vyas, C. Garlic in alloxan-induced diabetic rabbits. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: 28.7.75; 684-685.

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