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0.8% of U.S. adults (1.9 million) used
The use of garlic supplements by adults in the United States fell by about 41% between 2007 and 2012. Nearly 1.4 million fewer adults used garlic supplements in 2012 than in 2007.
Garlic is the edible bulb from a plant in the lily family. Taking garlic may slightly lower blood pressure, particularly in people with high blood pressure, but it’s unclear if it also lowers cholesterol. It can reduce the ability of blood to clot (like aspirin), which may be a problem during or after surgery. There’s no rigorous scientific evidence that taking garlic supplements treats or prevents the common cold.
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4 Citation: Clarke TC, Black LI, Stussman BJ, Barnes PM, Nahin RL. Trends in the use of complementary health approaches among adults: United States, 2002–2012. National health statistics reports; no 79. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2015. (240KB PDF)