Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Are Garlic Pills Risky for the Heart?

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.   |   Monday, 04 Nov 2013 10:22 AM

Question: My husband has started taking garlic capsules because he says it is good for the heart. Do you think they will do any good, harm?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:

There is anecdotal evidence that garlic may help ward off heart disease, but this has not risen to the level of proof seen with fish oil use.  The bad news is garlic pills can cause bad breath and be noticed in perspiration.
 
Also, garlic pill supplement use has not been shown to be any better than consuming natural garlic.

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