Garlic protect against hip ostearthritis?

Garlic for osteoarthritis

Garlic for osteoarthritis

Garlic is the wonder herb.  It is known to help with blood pressure, reduce cholesterol and has antibacterial properties.  Now garlic is being touted as providing herbal pain relief for osteoarthritis.   According to researchers at King’s College London and the University of East Anglia,  eating garlic might confer some protection against hip osteoarthritis.  The researchers looked at 1000 twin females with no history of arthritis and found that in these women who ate a diet high in allium vegetables, such as garlic, onions and leeks, there was less evidence of osteoarthritis in the hip.   What in the garlic might explain this?  Researchers identified a compound  called diallyl disulphide (DADS) which is formed when raw garlic is crushed.  DADS has been shown to reduce the amount of cartilage damaging enzymes called metalloproteinases.    Since osteoarthritis involves the destrunction of cartilage, by increasing the consumption of garlic, this might reduce the amount of metalloproteinases and therefore minimize the loss of cartilage and osteoarthritis.  To learn more about how garlic provides this natural pain relief for osteoarthritis, click  here.

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About Aroop Banerji N.D., L.Ac

Aroop Banerji N.D.., L.Ac is a naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist. He obtained his bachelor science in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California – Davis. He pursued doctoral education in Naturopathic Medicine and graduate level training in Chinese Medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. He specializes in using dietary supplements, diet therapies, herbal medicines, and acupuncture for chronic health complaints.
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