(Natural News) Combining fenugreek seeds (Trigonella foenum-graecum) with garlic (Allium sativum) can help protect the heart, according to a study published in the journal Food Science and Human Wellness. In the study, the cardioprotective properties of fenugreek seeds and garlic were investigated.
- Researchers at CSIR – Central Food Technological Research Institute in India examined the cardioprotective effect of the combination of fenugreek seeds and garlic in hypercholesterolemic rats that have been administered with isoproterenol.
- Earlier research has shown that consumption of foods high in soluble fiber, such as fenugreek seeds, can help in controlling high cholesterol levels.
- Garlic has also been shown to exert cholesterol-lowering and antioxidant effects.
- For the current study, the researchers put the rats on a high-cholesterol diet for eight weeks.
- During those eight weeks, the rats were also given 10 percent of fenugreek, 2 percent of garlic, or a combination of both.
- After eight weeks, the researchers induced a heart attack in rats with isoproterenol.
- Isoproterenol administration increased lipid peroxides and reduced antioxidant molecules in the blood and heart of the rats, but these were countered with the pretreatment with fenugreek seeds, garlic, and the combination of both.
- The combination of fenugreek seeds and garlic effectively countered heart attack.
- The fenugreek seeds and garlic combination also suppressed oxidative stress in the development of cardiovascular disease due to their antioxidant properties.
In conclusion, the findings of the study suggest that the combination of fenugreek seeds and garlic exhibits powerful cardioprotective effects, especially in the prevention of heart attack.
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Mukthamba P, Srinivasan K. DIETARY FENUGREEK (TRIGONELLA FOENUM-GRAECUM) SEEDS AND GARLIC (ALLIUM SATIVUM) ALLEVIATES OXIDATIVE STRESS IN EXPERIMENTAL MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION. Food Science and Human Wellness. June 2017; 6(2): 77-87. DOI: 10.1016/j.fshw.2017.04.001