Garlic Oil May Protect Hearts After Surgery

A recent study revealed that a compound found in garlic oil may provide significant protection for hearts following surgery or attacks.

The compound, called allicin, has been linked to cardiovascular health in the past. It reacts with red blood cells, resulting in the relaxation of blood vessels and smooth blood flow.

Researchers have produced a garlic oil called diallyl trisulphide, or DATS, which may help “release protective compounds to the heart.”

Though potent-smelling, the oil has significant potential. A synthetic, highly purified version of the product was tested on mice with blocked coronary arteries. Study researchers hope the injection will be able to replace the unstable hydrogen sulphide gas.

“Interruption of oxygen and blood flow damages mitochondria, and loss of mitochondria integrity can lead to cell death,” lead researcher David Lefer said. “We see that diallyl sulphide can temporarily turn down the function of mitochondria, preserving them and lowering the production of reactive oxygen species.”