Year Round Healthy Circulation With Garlicin HC
Monday, November 17th 2003
In 1858 Louis Pasteur first engaged in studies to confirm garlic's antibacterial activity. Today, garlic is mostly known for its support of healthy cholesterol levels, cardiovascular wellness and helping to keep winter ills at bay.
Combining Garlicin with other powerful herbs and vitamins that are well researched for their heart and circulation benefits creates a product that is useful all year round.
Garlicin HC is a synergistic formula containing Garlic, Hawthorn, Cayenne (Capsicum), Vitamin E and Rutin. Garlicin HC is designed to enhance circulation and improve cardiovascular health. Other symptoms that may benefit include angina, aching legs from poor circulation, normalising of blood pressure and prevention of thrombosis.
The Garlicin HC difference is the enteric coated tablet which prevents any stomach discomfort from the Cayenne or bounce-back of odour from the Garlic which is often associated with similar encapsulated formulas. It also ensures that Garlic's most important active ingredient, allicin is not formed until the tablet arrives in the intestines. The bright pink colour of the tablets is from beetroot.
The benefits of Garlic are well known:
Since 1975, over 32 human studies have demonstrated the lipid lowering effects of garlic. Significant reductions in serum cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol were recorded with an increase in HDL cholesterol.
Mild Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Garlic exerts a mild antihypertensive effect. This is most likely due to its ability to improve circulatory efficiency.
Intermittent Claudication (leg pain on walking)
While the best researched phytomedicine for this is Ginkgold, one study has shown that garlic may hold some promise for this condition through improved circulation.
The heart tonic benefits of the other ingredients:
The primary activity of Hawthorn is to increase coronary blood flow. This may be due to relaxation of coronary arteries, which directly increases blood flow. Hawthorn has also been studied for its clinical use in the treatment of early-stage heart failure. With angina, patients were able to exercise longer. Research indicates that Hawthorn also increases heart muscle output and workout tolerance, improves blood and nutrient flow to the heart, improves circulation and improves oxygen and energy utilisation by the heart muscle.
Cayenne (Capsicum) is well known as a circulatory stimulant herb particularly helping the feet and hands. It is a herb that feeds the necessary elements into the cell structure of the arteries, veins and capillaries so they regain their youthful elasticity which helps reduce blood pressure. It has been used as a heart attack preventive and helps arrest bleeding. It also assists other herbs to reach the part of the body affected.
Vitamin E helps lower blood pressure and assists circulation.
Rutin is a bioflavonoid that has been used to help capillary fragility such as small broken blood vessels particularly in the eye.
Caution: If you are taking antacids or other drugs that reduce the stomach acidity, enteric coatings may dissolve in the stomach instead of the intestines. In the case of garlic this could create odour on the breath. People using blood thinning drugs should use garlic with caution.
Reproduced unabridged from the October - December 2003 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
Footnote from Ideal Health:
The following products are all useful for Circulation:
Related health information can be found here:
Arthritis & Rheumatism
Cardio Vascular Health
Cayenne - Circulatory Stimulant
Fish Oil, Garlic, Antioxidants
High Blood Pressure
Low Blood Pressure
Related articles can be found here:
Ancient Herb for Good Health
Cayenne for Winter Warmth
CoQ10 and Heart Health
Doctors Recommend a Multi-Vitamin a Day
Garlicin - Proven Through Modern Science
Ginkgo Biloba - Quality process for world leader
Healthy Heart and Circulatory System
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