Garlic to Lower High Blood Pressure / Hypertension
Scientific name: Allium sativum
Part used: cloves
Studies evaluating the effectiveness of garlic in lowering blood pressure have provided conflicting results. A systematic review and meta-analysis suggests that garlic supplementation has blood pressure lowering effect especially in individuals with a blood pressure of systolic blood pressure or SBP 140 mm Hg, and diastolic blood pressure or DBP 90 mm Hg. However, another study concluded that garlic powder tablets have no clinically relevant blood pressure lowering effects in middle-aged, normo-lipidemic individuals.
So, it is actually up to you to use or not to use garlic to reduce high blood pressure. Fresh crushed garlic has the best effect but if you can't stand the pungent smell of garlic, you can use supplements that come in the form of capsules or pearls.
Dose: Daily dose of garlic supplement for up to five months.
► Although garlic is well tolerated by most people, it may cause stomach irritation in sensitive individuals.
► Nursing mothers need to be cautious since garlic in breast milk may cause colic in infants.
► Consult your doctor before taking garlic supplements if you are on blood sugar medication or on NSAIDs.
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