1. How does Aged Garlic Extract differ
from other garlic supplements?
Aged Garlic Extract contains the stable, antioxidant, water soluble, sulfhydryl
compounds that scientists focus on for numerous health benefits without the risk
of side effect. For instance, in 1997
research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center at Cornell University and
East Carolina University Medical School, focused on a compound found only in
Aged Garlic Extract called S-allyl mercaptocysteine (SAMC). SAMC demonstrated
strong tumor inhibiting properties for prostate, colon and breast cancers. It
should be noted that Aged Garlic Extract has shown greater tumor inhibiting
effects than SAMC alone, demonstrating the synergistic effect of the many
beneficial compounds in Aged Garlic Extract.
Other garlic supplements, or even raw
garlic, do not contain these compounds which only become available during the
2. What type of current
research is being done with Aged Garlic Extract?
Aged Garlic Extract is used in several university research projects annually.
These studies have focused on aspects such as cholesterol, high blood pressure,
homocysteine levels, immune stimulation, cognitive effects, liver function and
anti-tumor effects. The results are published in peer-reviewed scientific
journals. Some of the institutions involved are Loma Linda University, Brown
University, Penn State University, Rutgers University, Cornell, the National,
Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Health.
3. Why have researchers focused on
Aged Garlic Extract in their research?
Consistency is very important for scientific research. Aged Garlic Extract is
manufactured with an extraction process that offers consistent amounts of
effective compounds. Simple dehydrated powders used in other garlic pills not
only lack consistency but are standardized with non-active compounds that
actually are not present in the products you take. This lack of true
standardization and inconsistency render these products far less acceptable than
Aged Garlic Extract for research and therapeutic purposes.
4. Many garlic products describe
themselves as being standardized? What are the differences between those
As you can see from the table below, Kyolic® is standardized with
S-allylcysteine (SAC). This compound was chosen because it has been proven
effective, safe and bioavailable. Various other products are standardized with
compounds that are not bioavailable, not present in the product, or are not even
effective. It makes no scientific sense to market any botanical based on a
marker compound that is not a chemical constituent of the garlic supplement or
biologically active in the body. The SAC in Kyolic is both biologically active
and present in the supplement itself. This very important difference separates
Kyolic from all other garlic brands.
5. What about products that claim allicin is
their active ingredient?
Strangely, not one of these products actually contain allicin or delivers
allicin to the blood or liver where garlic actives are measured. Obviously, if
it can't be found in the body, it can't be an active ingredient. These products
are the subject of recent negative media reports that should not be confused
with the positive reports on Aged Garlic Extract.
6. How should consumers choose a
To be fully safe and effective, a garlic supplement should be an antioxidant and
manufactured through an aged extraction process. Consumers should always be sure
the product is standardized with SAC and manufactured under current Good
Manufacturing Practices (GMP) established by the World Health Organization (WHO)
as an international standard. Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract fits all of these