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Garlic For High Blood Pressure

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Allicin in garlic is responsible for both the smell and the hypotensive effect of garlic. Garlic also contains small amounts of selenium and selenium, believed to prevent abnormal blood clotting, normalize blood pressure, and prevent infections. Hypotensive effects of garlic are the main reason for increase in red blood cell velocity, and nitric oxide metabolism.

So what’s the deal with garlic and high blood pressure? Garlic has been recommended as a natural remedy to treat high blood pressure for a long time now, and research still claims that garlic does indeed lower blood pressure.

How Can Garlic Help Patients With High Blood Pressure?

What is in the garlic that lowers blood pressure? The same thing that makes the garlic have that strong smell. The allicin in the garlic is what is responsible for both the smell and the hypotensive effect of garlic. The hypotensive effects are due to a few known reasons including that it has to do with an increase in red blood cell velocity, and nitric oxide metabolism. (Bauman, 121) Since it is the allicin that makes the garlic smell as well as lower blood pressure, it is important to steer away from the odorless garlic supplements since they may be less affective.

Garlic also contains small amounts of selenium and selenium is believed to prevent abnormal blood clotting, to normalize blood pressure, and to prevent infections. (motherearthnew.com). Aside from lowering blood pressure, garlic can also help in lowering cholesterol, and can help fight off germs,

So how much garlic do you have to have to get the therapeutic value? Garlic has been shown to be effective in lowering systolic blood pressure with 600-900 mg of powdered garlic. (Silagy & Neil, 1994) This is equal to about 1 fresh clove.

Creative Ways To Eat Garlic

  • Sautéed in olive oil.
  • Make your own homemade garlic bread with whole wheat bread, crushed garlic and olive oil.
  • In homemade salsa.
  • In homemade hummus
  • Guacamole
  • As a seasoning for vegetables.
  • Stirred into homemade marinara.

Resources
Silagy, C. & Neil, A. (1994) Garlic as a lipid lowering agent- A meta analysis [Abstract]. J R Coll Physicians Lond, 28(1): 39-45″
Friedlander, Jodi, N.C. “NC 208 Cardiovascular Health.” Therapeutic Nutrition. By Ed Bauman.
“Lower Blood Pressure Naturally With Garlic.” Mother Earth News. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Dec. 2014.
“Garlic: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings – WebMD.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 26 Dec. 2014.

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Rebecca Jacobs

Rebecca is passionate about helping people restore their balance through using food as medicine. Through individual counseling, motivation, and group classes Rebecca can help you reach your health goals! As a Nutrition Consultant in private practice, Rebecca offer’s one-on-one consultations including computerized diet analysis, diet journal evaluations, individualized meal plans, goal setting, cooking and shopping tips, as well as individualized dietary and supplement recommendations. Rebecca also holds group weight loss classes, teaches various healthy eating classes and offers grocery store tours and kitchen makeovers. Check out her events and groups page for the most up to date events.

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kmort
kmort 5pts

How to get your Garlic!  I have read to chop up a tablespoon of garlic clove, drizzle honey over top, right on the spoon and take by mouth - swallowing quickly.  This should be done first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.  I have done this and you hardly taste the garlic and there is no garlicy after burbs.  :)

Tyson King
Tyson King 5pts

I usually grate two big fresh cloves into a cup of water, and drink it down first thing in the morning and night. And yes it really is an all natural sexual stimulant!

Carol Harblin
Carol Harblin 5pts

How much exercise and meat to you eat? Cow Milk is equivalent to red meat too

Jaspal Singh
Jaspal Singh 5pts

Hindi c write karoEnglish language 100% nahi aondi

Avinash Sawale
Avinash Sawale 5pts

Single bud ( big) garlic from Kaashmir (India) is very useful in heart ailment , also useful for B. P. Control.

Prateek Choubey
Prateek Choubey 5pts

Depend on the vareity and quality of the vegetable nowadays you know "ERA OF ADULTERATION' might have hindered the effect...But "single bud garlic" from Kashmir is true and effective from day 1!!!

Bijay Kant
Bijay Kant 5pts

you should check your body mass index .

Cindy Rocque
Cindy Rocque 5pts

Well I'd rather have to use a breathmint than have a stroke

Lily Lee Conte
Lily Lee Conte 5pts

Not true! Yes, garlic is good for you but is not a magic pill we also eat garlic everyday, raw and cooked, I have high cholesterol ( never eat cheese and butter ) my husband has high blood pressure, my mom used to eat raw garlic everyday she was on cholesterol pills for 30 years.

Mary Michelle Panak
Mary Michelle Panak 5pts

How much of it do you eat that was my question? I dunno it's good for you to eat everyday I just don't know how much to eat.

Moses Siliya Banda
Moses Siliya Banda 5pts

7years no flu. No coughs. No headaches. It is a 1 natural chemist. I love it.

Donya Elsa Nur
Donya Elsa Nur 5pts

I strongly agreed!!!It works on me too\U0001f604

Tyson King
Tyson King 5pts

Yes yes yes. ! And it also has the benefits of unclogging blocked arteries. Lowering cholesterol. And detoxes the body! I have been eating raw garlic everyday for 3 years now and I am glad to say it's helped my overall health. I haven't even had the flu or any kind of sickness in a long time. Garlic is a life saver

Carina Villegas
Carina Villegas 5pts

Dill leaves good for lower blood pressure like garlic..

MoMo Khan
MoMo Khan 5pts

Which green vegetable is this

Nazneen Shad
Nazneen Shad 5pts

I take three small garlic in betwern my lunch, it gets digested with the food, but not in the night time.

Nazneen Shad
Nazneen Shad 5pts

Garlic is also good for diabties, colestrol, allergy.

Madhava Rao Deshmuk
Madhava Rao Deshmuk 5pts

Garlic also contains small amounts of selenium and selenium is believed to prevent abnormal blood clotting, to normalize blood pressure, and to prevent infections. (motherearthnew.com). Aside from lowering blood pressure, garlic can also help in lowering cholesterol, and can help fight off germs,

Amaya Gunn
Amaya Gunn 5pts

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Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Awesome, enjoy the benefits

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Thanks for sharing!! Manoj Baruah :)