Garlic And Blood Pressure

Eli Ben-Yehuda

Written by Eli Ben-Yehuda

On March 3, 2019

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am a big advocate when it comes to using garlic in your diet. Whether it is roasted, sauteed, or eaten raw, garlic is loaded with powerful health benefits. Garlic is used in various types of dishes in the culinary world and is becoming quickly known as a superfood.

Garlic is part of the allium family, which includes onions and leeks. Two more of my favorite vegetables. According to research garlic improves your immune system, fights certain types of cancers, lower triglycerides, and cholesterol, and even acts as an antibiotic.

But, does garlic lower blood pressure? Well… It might actually do.

Garlic has a wide range of well-documented effects, including helping to lower blood pressure. Studies showing a positive effect of garlic and garlic preparations are those that deliver a sufficient dosage of allicin.

In double-blind studies with garlic, preparations provided a daily dose of at least 10 mg allicin. Blood pressure readings dropped with typical reductions of 11 mm Hg for the systolic and 5.0 in the diastolic. This occurred within a 1 to 3-month period.

To get enough allicin, eat 1 to 4 cloves of fresh garlic a day. If you want to avoid garlic breath in public, add minced fresh garlic to your salad dressing in the evening at dinner.


Why It Works?

All of the beneficial effects of garlic are attributed to its sulfur-containing compounds. Such as allicin, diallyl disulfide, diallyl trisulfide, and others. Allicin is mainly responsible for the pungent odor of garlic.

It is formed by the action of the enzyme alliinase on the compound allicin. The enzyme is activated by heat, oxygen, or water. This accounts for the fact that cooked garlic, odorless supplements, “aged garlic preparations,” and garlic oil products produce no strong an odor. Raw garlic provides powerful medicinal effects

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Six Extra Benefits of Garlic
  • 1. Blood Purifier:
  • Tired of covering up those zits with concealer every morning? It’s time to tackle the root cause of acne by purifying your blood from inside to get healthy skin on the outside. Take two cloves of raw garlic with some warm water every day, early in the morning and consume a lot of water the entire day.

    If you’re looking to shed some pounds, squeeze the juice of half a lemon in a glass of lukewarm water and have it with 2 cloves of garlic in the mornings. Garlic will help to cleanse your system and flush out toxins.

  • 2. Cold and Flu Protection:
  • Garlic is going to provide you relief from that stubborn cold and flu (yes, they absolutely love you and never want to leave).

    Taking 2-3 cloves of raw or cooked garlic a day or sipping some garlic tea (with a touch of honey or ginger to lift up the taste) is not only going to relieve a stuffy nose and cure a cold but also build your immunity against these frequent visitors over time.

    Dr. Shikha Sharma, Delhi-based health and wellness expert, and founder of Nutrihealth say: “One of the earliest uses of garlic was by meat-eaters because it was believed that meat could cause infection which garlic could fight off from the body.

    More commonly used by laborers who are exposed to infections and disease-friendly environments until recently, its plethora of health benefits has made white-collar workers also take to it.” She added, “Garlic can be added to hot stews, broths, and soups to fight sinusitis, cold and flu. And garlic is best eaten in its raw state.”

  • 3. Anti-bacterial and Anti-parasitic:
  • Garlic is one of the best kept medicinal treasures of the past era – it has been used as an antibiotic to treat bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections for the last 7,000 years.

    Studies suggest diluted garlic extract helps children with tapeworm infections. A garlic-based mouthwash may not sound like fresh, minty breath but a very small quantity of its extracts is sufficient to ward off cavity-causing bacteria.

  • 4. Cancer Prevention:
  • Several studies have indicated an association between daily consumption of garlic and prevention of stomach and colorectal cancers. It is said to strengthen the immunity of the body against cancer.

  • 5. Skin and Hair rejuvenation:
  • The invigorating properties of garlic protects the skin from the effect of free radicals and slow down the depletion of collagen which leads to loss of elasticity in aging skin.

    Applied topically, garlic does wonders to skin infected with fungal infections and provides relief from skin ailments like eczema. It is also an effective remedy for fungal infections like athlete’s foot and ringworms.

    All of us know about the wonders of onion for hair but its brother, garlic is no less of a hero for your thinning mane. Well, it’s surprise time. Rubbing crushed garlic extract on your scalp or massaging with garlic-infused oil is known to prevent and even reverse hair loss.

  • 6.Splinters:
  • Many of garlic’s astounding uses were forgotten in the folds of time but users (and believers) still vouch for the lesser-known benefits. One of them is against stubborn splinters. Place a piece of cut garlic over the splinter cut and cover with a bandage- and voila! Bye-bye splinter.

Raw Garlic Or Dry Garlic?

According to the Linus Pauling Institute, when you crush, chop or chew raw fresh garlic, the enzyme called alliinase is released. This starts a series of reactions resulting in the formation of allicin.

Raw fresh or dried garlic may provide you with the most allicin. The allicin potential decreases with age or heat-treatment of the garlic. Researchers say that due to the instability of allicin, forms of garlic other than fresh raw or dried garlic may have less allicin-forming potential.

The instability of allicin is also the reason pure allicin is not available as a supplement.


What Is The Correct Dosage?

Researchers of a study published in 2013 in Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences divided individuals diagnosed with hypertension into groups, each with a different dosage of garlic.

Some received 300, 600, 900, 1200 or 1500 milligrams of garlic per day. Some a placebo or blood pressure medication. They found that all the garlic dosages decreased blood pressure comparatively as much as the blood pressure medicine did. And that there was a greater reduction in blood pressure with the higher doses of garlic and with a longer duration of treatment.

In the review in BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, the authors found that most of the studies that showed garlic’s blood pressure-lowering effect used a dosage of 600 to 900 milligrams of garlic per day.

How Much Should I Eat?

A report in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Research suggested that while 1 clove of garlic a day would bring vast improvement to your health, 2-3 cloves of garlic per day could even prevent the common cold. The juice from garlic was even used as an antiseptic during World War I to treat wounds.

You may be able to lower your blood pressure by consuming 1/3 to 1 1/2 grams of fresh raw or dried garlic daily. Since most garlic cloves are about 3 grams, this is equivalent to 1/10 to 1/2 a garlic clove daily.

Your blood pressure may be lowered more if you eat more. Speak with your doctor and dietitian about making changes to your diet as consuming garlic in excess may be detrimental, especially if you are on certain medications.


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3 Replies to “Garlic And Blood Pressure”

  1. “thanks for the essential information you shared in this post. Looking forward to reading more from you 🙂

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