• It is always encouraging when therapeutic recommendations include easy-to-implement, safe, low-cost strategies.
• Garlic is so ubiquitous in everyday diet that encouraging patients with OA to include more in their cuisine may be far easier than starting them on a new drug.
• Care should be taken to limit expectations, especially since this was a small study with limited scope.
• Without measures of joint damage and progression, one can only extrapolate that garlic might reduce pain with unknown effects on cartilage loss and functional status.
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