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
- As a seasoning for vegetables.
- Stirred into homemade marinara.
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