Lower Blood Pressure Naturally
Garlic is an herb. It is best known as a flavoring for food. Garlic is used for many conditions related to the heart and blood system. These conditions include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, heart attack, and “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis). Some of these uses are supported by science. Garlic actually may be effective in slowing the development of atherosclerosis and seems to be able to modestly reduce blood pressure.
Garlic work to stimulate the production of glutathione, an antioxidant that is especially important in the liver, where it helps remove hormone-disrupting chemicals.
Garlic produces a chemical called allicin. This is what seems to make garlic work for certain conditions. Allicin also makes garlic smell.
Some manufacturers take advantage of this by aging garlic to make it odorless. Unfortunately, this also reduces the amount of allicin and compromises the effectiveness of the product.
Alliums also lower total cholesterol while raising the level of HDL cholesterol (the “good” kind). Preliminary research suggests that garlic may boost testosterone, giving you more energy, effective free-radical destroyers that might also help combat obesity and diabetes.
GARLIC USES & EFFECTIVENESS
Research suggests that taking high doses of aged garlic extract daily for 12 months reduces the risk of developing new tumors. However, other garlic supplements do not seem to offer the same benefit.
Some evidence suggests that eating more garlic can decrease the risk of developing stomach cancer.
Garlic can reduce blood pressure in people with high blood pressure by as much as 7% or 8%.
Some research suggests that taking a specific garlic product (Allicor) along with antidiabetes medication for 4-24 weeks can reduce blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides in people with diabetes.
When the researchers looked only at the studies that included people with high blood pressure, they found that garlic preparations reduced SBP by 8.4mmHg, and DBP by 7.3mmHg. The researchers concluded that garlic preparations are good at reducing blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.
GARLIC SIDE EFFECTS & SAFETY
Garlic is LIKELY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth. When taken by mouth, garlic can cause bad breath, a burning sensation in the mouth or stomach.
Garlic can lower blood pressure. In theory, taking garlic might make blood pressure become too low in people with low blood pressure.
The following doses have been studied in scientific research.
For high blood pressure:
Garlic extract 600-1200 mg divided and given three times daily.
For prevention of colon, rectal, and stomach cancer: fresh or cooked garlic 3.5-29 grams weekly.
HOW TO PREPARE GARLIC
Pair garlic with olive oil to release even more disease-fighting compounds.
Let chopped garlic stand for ten minutes before cooking; this will allow the enzymes to be activated.
Add garlic to homemade salad dressings, marinades, soups and sautóed vegetables for a flavor kick.
So adding fresh garlic to meals may have be a cheaper, and possibly more effective way of getting the effects of allicin than paying for garlic supplements.