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Garlic for arterial occlusive disease


Clinical bottom line

There is no evidence that garlic benefits claudication.


RG Jepson et al. Garlic for peripheral arterial occlusive disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2005 issue 4.

Systematic review

Garlic has been linked with beneficial cardiovascular effects, with perhaps small effects on lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. This review sought randomised trials in patients with claudication.


There was absolutely no effect on pain free walking distance.


No evidence for benefit.