Aged Garlic May Fight High Blood Pressure
People with high blood pressure may see significant benefits from an extract made from aged garlic according to a study published in the October 2010 issue of the journal Maturitas.
Aged garlic is a concentrated form of garlic that is odorless and even richer in antioxidants than regular garlic.
For the study researchers from the University of Adelaide recruited 50 people with treated but uncontrolled hypertension.
The participants were randomly assigned to receive 3.84 grams of an aged garlic extract in capsule form or a placebo for 12 weeks.
At the end of the study the researchers observed a 10.2 mmHg decrease in systolic blood pressure among participants given the aged garlic extract. Systolic blood pressure is the top number in a blood pressure reading.
The benefit was only observed in participants with initial systolic pressure of 140 or more. No effect was seen in participants with lower initial systolic pressure.
These findings are very promising for people with uncontrolled high blood pressure but further studies with larger populations will be necessary to confirm these results. This is not the first study, however, to look into the potential benefits of aged garlic.
Over 350 studies have been conducted on aged garlic to date, highlighting potential benefits ranging from improving cardiovascular health to boosting the immune system and keeping your mind sharp as you age.