- What type of current research is being done with Aged Garlic Extract?
- Why have researchers focused on Aged Garlic Extract in their research?
- Many garlic products describe themselves as being standardized. What are the differences between those products?
- What about products that claim allicin is their active ingredient?
- How should consumers choose a garlic supplement?
A: Aged Garlic Extract is used in several university research projects annually. These studies have focused on aspects such as cholesterol, high blood pressure, homocysteine levels, immune stimulation, cognitive effects, and liver function effects. The results are published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Some of the institutions involved are Loma Linda University, Brown University, Penn State University, Rutgers University, Cornell, the National, Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Health.
Q: Why have researchers focused on Aged Garlic Extract in their research?
A: Consistency is very important for scientific research. Aged Garlic Extract is manufactured with an extraction process that offers consistent amounts of effective compounds. Simple dehydrated powders used in other garlic pills not only lack consistency but are standardized with non-active compounds that actually are not present in the products you take. This lack of true standardization and inconsistency render these products far less acceptable than Aged Garlic Extract for research and therapeutic purposes.
Q: Many garlic products describe themselves as being standardized? What are the differences between those products?
A: As you can see from the table below, Kyolic® is standardized with S-allylcysteine (SAC). This compound was chosen because it has been proven effective, safe and bioavailable. Various other products are standardized with compounds that are not bioavailable, not present in the product, or are not even effective. It makes no scientific sense to market any botanical based on a marker compound that is not a chemical constituent of the garlic supplement or biologically active in the body. The SAC in Kyolic is both biologically active and present in the supplement itself. This very important difference separates Kyolic from all other garlic brands.
Q: What about products that claim allicin is their active ingredient?
A: Strangely, not one of these products actually contains allicin or delivers allicin to the blood or liver where garlic actives are measured. Obviously, if it can’t be found in the body, it can’t be an active ingredient. These products are the subject of recent negative media reports that should not be confused with the positive reports on Aged Garlic Extract.
Q: How should consumers choose a garlic supplement?
A: To be fully safe and effective, a garlic supplement should be an antioxidant and manufactured through an aged extraction process. Consumers should always be sure the product is standardized with SAC and manufactured under current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) established by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an international standard. Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract fits all of these guidelines.