Do you suffer from high blood pressure?
Then it’s time to start falling in love with garlic!
With a long history of use spanning thousands of years, garlic has been a staple food in many parts of the world. In many cultures, garlic is simply a must-have on the dining table, but this ancient food is more than just a condiment – its healing properties could save your life. In honor of
World Hypertension Day on 17th May, we explore garlic’s powerful health benefits.
Inaugurated in May 2005, World Hypertension Day aims to make the public aware of this silent killer, and works on preventing and controlling it. This year, the theme is “Know Your Numbers” and The International Society of Hypertension has set a challenge to screen over one million adults, encouraging all nations to achieve this target by contributing data between 17-24 May.
What’s the Big Deal?
Hypertension (blood pressure) is a serious condition. Left unchecked, it can damage your blood vessels, your heart, and your brain, increasing your risk of suffering from cardiovascular disease and stroke. However, the good news is that small changes to your diet, such as including garlic for example, can have a positive impact on your health and reduce your risk of hypertension and its associated conditions.
In a study published in 2013, scientists discovered that garlic extracts effectively lower total cholesterol levels. It also improves the blood’s antioxidant status, if taken for longer than 2 months. A total of 23 volunteers participated in the study, 13 of which were evaluated as hypertensive. After supplementing their diets with garlic, the hypertensive group’s systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels were significantly lowered.
The researchers concluded that “Garlic extract supplementation improves blood lipid profile, strengthens blood antioxidant potential, and causes significant reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressures. It also leads to a decrease in the level of oxidation product (MDA) in the blood samples, which demonstrates reduced oxidation reactions in the body.”
But maybe you’re not a huge fan of garlic? Here are some recipes to help ease it into your heart!References