Garlic has an effect in lowering blood sugar in the body that increases when its use is coupled with antidiabetic medication metformin. This alloy is useful for therapy for patients with diabetes. In addition, the garlic will help to lower blood cholesterol levels. According to a study quoted by the Times of India.
In this study used mice to see the reaction of garlic in the body by combining with antidiabetic drugs. Mice in the condition of diabetes in this study. Researchers gave metformin and garlic extract in different doses, i.e., 200, 400, and 600 milligrams per kilogram of body weight each day. After that, the development of mice was observed.
As a result, the use of two doses of garlic extract the 400 mg and 600 mg per kilogram of body weight per day, is known to cut the amount of blood sugar in the body of mice. Decreased glucose reaching 35 percent and 50 percent compared to baseline blood sugar prior to the addition of garlic extract. Cholesterol levels of mice known also decreased significantly.
However, in mice that did not have diabetes, the body tends to gain weight when fed extracts of garlic. In contrast, in mice with diabetes not experiencing weight gain.
“Onions are not high in calories. However, it seems to increase the metabolic rate and, with it, to increase appetite, which leads to an increase in eating,” said Thony Ojieh from Delta State University in Abraka, Nigeria.
However, researchers have yet to see the exact reason why there is a decrease of glucose in mice given garlic extract. However, further research is needed to investigate the mechanism of the glucose reduction. This study was presented at ENDO 2015, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in San Diego, California.