PROTECTING OUR ARTERIES WITH GARLIC. I always remind patients that cholesterol all by itself does NOT cause damage to our arteries. It is not until cholesterol becomes oxidatively damaged (now called an oxysterol) that it becomes to cause damage to our arteries. So, regardless of what your cholesterol level is, we need to protect our cholesterol. How do we do this? (hint: statins DON’T protect cholesterol) Shockingly, it’s a high phytonutrient, plant based diet.
In this particular study, researchers looked at the use of garlic to protect cholesterol and protect our blood vessels.