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What effect does garlic have on the arteries?

Garlic helps keep arteries healthy. In one observational study, people taking more than 300 milligrams per day of standardized garlic powder for two or more years showed less age-related damage to the wall of the aorta, the main trunk artery, than control participants. The aortas of 70-year-old participants who took garlic were as elastic as the aortas of 55-year-old participants who did not take garlic. This finding may help explain results that garlic reduces blood pressure.

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