While garlic has been linked for centuries to an overall feeling of well-being or as a natural folk remedy, studies now suggest that there may be new benefits of garlic oil. This is the case particularly for diabetics, who stand a better chance of fighting heart disease by incorporating this oil into their diet. This study was recently published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, and goes on to suggest a link between garlic, antioxidants, and cardiovascular health. This is particularly significant because past studies have suggested that up to an estimated 80% of all deaths among patients suffering from diabetes have been related to heart disease.
Some of the reasons why diabetics might be more prone to heart disease and its ill effects than others is that cardiomyopathy can strike. This leads to heart muscle damage over time, and can make it difficult for the heart to function properly, eventually leading to cardiac arrest or death. This is currently the top heart-related cause of death for diabetics. As a result, the race has been on in the medical community to find new ways of fighting heart disease, and the benefits of garlic oil may now be one of the new methods that could do so.
In the recent trial that was cited in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, two groups of diabetic rats were fed a specific diet. One group was given food that contained garlic oil, while the other control group was fed with corn oil. These two groups were then observed over a period of time to see which group experienced a higher incidence of cardiomyopathy. As expected, those rats that received the benefits of garlic oil showed a reduced risk of any cardiovascular problems, including cardiomyopathy.
The researchers of this trial were then able to conclude that there are benefits of garlic oil for diabetics which could include protecting them from any cardiovascular problems, such as cardiomyopathy induced by diabetes. The hypothesis behind this is that it is because garlic oil has such a high concentration of antioxidants, which protect heart health. Antioxidants have also been shown to prevent the development and spread of cancer in the body by neutralizing free radicals. While there may be further benefits beyond cardiovascular treatments in diabetics, these are still in the process of being studied.
Another scientific research study that was conducted by the University of Michigan Health System suggests that if diabetics want to find other alternatives to their diabetic treatments, they could also eat grapes. Like garlic oil, grapes are similarly high in the types of natural antioxidants that can help protect cardiovascular health. The benefits of garlic oil and eating grapes are not limited to diabetics, however, as there have been a number of benefits in the general public, so studies such as these suggest that it may be worthwhile to try adding them to your diet.