Garlic the wonder food – can it also help lower high blood pressure?

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Garlic the wonder food - can it also help lower high blood pressure?
Garlic the wonder food - can it also help lower high blood pressure?

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Garlic the wonder food – can it also help lower high blood pressure?

Garlic has achieved a legendary reputation as an anti-hypertensive medication, and has been used in China for hundreds of years for this purpose. Herbalists and naturopaths regard it  as a wonder food, and claim it is capable of being able to normalize both high and low pressure, while not disrupting normal blood pressure.

The benefits far outweigh any negative, and/or ‘smelly’ side effects!

Naturally Occurring Compounds

The pungent odor and medical properties of garlic are the result of the sulfur compounds it contains. In several scientific studies it has been found that these compounds are good for the heart, lower blood pressure, suppress cholesterol production in the liver and acts as a blood thinner.

Garlic is an all-round natural body cleanser and healer.

Allicin, an organosulfur compound also found in garlic, has been described as one of the best natural remedies for lowering high blood pressure that is available.

When eaten regularly, the medicinal properties of this beneficial food is proving to be very helpful in the treatment of many chronic health conditions.

However, garlic’s ability to significantly lower blood pressure is proving to be one of its most promising attributes, and unlike its pharmaceutical counterparts is able to achieve all of these benefits without the plethora of side effects.

The reason garlic is so powerful in lowering high blood pressure is due to it’s natural chemical composition. The gamma-glutamylcysteine and the allicin properties is what gives it, its healing power. These properties help to dilate the arteries, hence lower high blood pressure.

Proven in Studies for Lowering Blood Pressure

An analysis of 11 studies carried out in the U.K using garlic supplements proved them beneficial in reducing hypertension. In studies extending from 12 to 23 weeks, participants were given daily doses of powdered garlic ranging from 600mg to 900mg.

For people with high blood pressure, the average reduction was 8.4mm Hg systolic, and 7.3mm Hg diastolic. It was found that the participants with the highest pressure readings at the beginning of the study, had the highest reduction in their blood pressure readings at the end of the study.

Fresh is Best – and Stronger

A 600mg dose of powdered garlic contained 3.6mg of allicin, garlic’s active ingredient, and a 900mg dose 5.4mg of allicin. To obtain the optimum curative benefits of garlic it is best eaten raw, as a fresh clove of garlic can contain anything from 5mg to 9mg of allicin, significantly more than supplements.

If the taste, or resultant bad breath deters you from ingesting fresh garlic, the odorless supplements that are available have been proven to be beneficial in aiding the reduction of hypertension.

Ask Your Doctor if Taking Other Medication

Because garlic is a natural blood thinner, it can be dangerous to combine large doses of garlic supplements with other medications. If you are taking any medication for blood pressure or heart health, it is important to consult your doctor before taking large doses of garlic, either raw or as a supplement.

 

Garlic the wonder food - can it also help lower high blood pressure?
Garlic the wonder food – can it also help lower high blood pressure?