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Garlic May Help Hypertensives Lower Their Blood Pressure

High blood pressure can lead to many things including coronary heart disease, heart failure and stroke. A recent analysis of seven clinical studies suggests that regular supplementation with garlic may help reduce blood pressure in people with hypertension.

The researchers examined data from seven different randomized, placebo-controlled trials that compared the efficacy of garlic versus placebo at lowering blood pressure in people with hypertension. They found that garlic supplements were associated with an average reduction in systolic blood pressure of 6.71 mmHg and an average reduction in diastolic blood pressure by 4.79 mmHg.

Of equal importance, no serious adverse events were reported. Prescription medications used to treat high blood pressure can cause side effects such as dizziness, fatigue, irregular or rapid heartbeat, insomnia and erectile dysfunction.

Researchers from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences conducted the study. It was published on March 15, 2015, in Phytomedicine.

Garlic has become increasingly popular as a cost effective way to help with cardiovascular and immune system health. The benefits of garlic are attributed to the compound allicin, which forms when the garlic is crushed which breaks down a compound called diallyl sulphide.

Garlic is high in magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and selenium, and has also been linked to boosting the immune system and keeping the mind sharp as you age.

Garlic can be added to almost any meal, from omelets to salads to meat. It can also be obtained in oil, powder or cooked form or in a supplemental form.
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