- reduces hypertension
- lowers cholesterol levels
- boosts the immune system due to its anti-oxidant properties
- is naturally anti-bacterial
- is naturally anti-fungal
- helps prevent cancer
- helps prevent cardiovascular disease
- has no harmful side effects
If such a wonder drug were available today from the pharmaceutical companies, it would be hailed as the breakthrough of the decade. Doctors would recommend its use without hesitation, but they don’t because there is no such product currently available from the pharmaceutical companies.
Yet, such a “product” exists in nature. It was known to the ancient Egyptians who built the Great Pyramids; it was known to the ancient Greeks; it was known to the Romans; and, it was well known in the Middle Ages when it was used to combat the Black Death. It is garlic.
In more recent times it has become better known as a culinary ingredient. That is changing rapidly. Medical research is once again rediscovering the beneficial properties of garlic.
How does garlic lower high blood pressure?
As the body increases production of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE), blood pressure increases. Garlic contains a natural ACE inhibitor. This, combined with the high amounts of allicin found in garlic give it its ability to dilate arteries, thereby lowering blood pressure.
How effective is garlic in reducing hypertension?
In a recent trial conducted by the University of Adelaide, Australia, 50 hypertensive patients who were taking prescription drugs for their condition were given a garlic supplement in 960mg capsules. Their blood pressure was found to be much lower after 12 weeks of taking the supplement.
Patients in the trial who had a systolic reading above 140mmHg saw it drop 10.2 lower on average than a control group on a placebo or dummy pill. This reduced the blood pressure of some patients down to healthy levels. The significance of this result should not be underestimated. A 5mmHg drop in systolic pressure reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease by between 8 and 20 per cent.
How to get the most benefit from garlic
Much of the allicin is destroyed when garlic is heated, so it is not as effective as raw garlic. To ensure a consistent dosage of the active ingredients and also to avoid “garlic breath”, many people prefer a good quality garlic supplement taken in capsules.
It would be easy to think that popping a garlic pill everyday is all that you need to do to lower your high blood pressure. The greatest benefit comes when garlic , either raw or a supplement, forms part of a healthy balanced diet designed to reduce hypertension, such as the DASH dietary guidelines. You should also take regular exercise. There is more information about reducing your high blood pressure naturally in the High Blood Pressure Remedy Report.
If you are looking to lower your high blood pressure naturally, a garlic pill a day will help to keep hypertension at bay.