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Week: 601.3 

Guest: Dr. Gustav Belz, cardiologist, pharmacologist, Univ. of Mainz (Germany) 

Topic: Garlic powder & blood vessel elasticity 

Host/Producer: Steve Girard 

NEMA: Garlic & hardening arteries...coming up... 

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NEMA: Recent studies indicated garlic can help keep blood cholesterol lower, and new information in an article in Circulation...from the American Heart Association, shows that standard garlic supplements also keep blood vessels more flexible. This is researcher, Dr. Gustav Belz... 

BELZ: Usually, when people get older, the aorta...and also the other vessels, lose elasticity. They get hard, they get stiff. We evaluated a group of 100 people over a period of at least two years, and we found that there was a very strong effect in the garlic group, in so far as the hardening of the arteries was significantly delayed.  

NEMA: The aorta is strong because of the force of blood leaving the heart... 

BELZ: It's like a shock wave. The aorta is like a buffer behind the left ventricle. The aorta has a cushioning function, so it is elastic. It stores part of the blood, and so a good elastic function of the aorta is very important.  

NEMA: These tests were done using the commercial garlic preparation called Kwai. I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.