Garlic and Blood Pressure Reduction.
High blood pressure is an ailment that nobody prays to get. It is a precursor of several killer trebble disease like heart attack and stroke. Any thing that will reduce the blood presure without side effect is always welcome. That is why despite the pungent and irritating smell of raw garlic people’s still go ahead and eat them. I was sitting in my office one day and a woman walked in with this bad odour, I felt like throwing up. That is how bad the pungent smell of garlic can be.
Garlic is purported to be effective at reducing high blood pressure. several studies have shown that there is a relationship between garlic and blood pressure reduction. Garlic whose botanical name is allium sativum is closely related to oninos,shallot, leek,chive and rakkyo. The health benefit of garlic are attributed to its sulfur containing compounds: allicin, diallyl disulfide, diallyltrisulfide and others. Allicin is responsible for the pungent smell of garlic. The health benefit of garlic is derived when it is eating in a raw state. The active ingredient is produced when garlic is crushed or cut and left for some time.
What is the Connection between Garlic and Blood Pressure ?
Studies have shown that garlic can be used to reduce blood pressure in people with high blood pressure. The activities of angiotensin 2( a protein responsible for the increase in blood pressure) is inhibited by allicin and by so doing the blood pressure is reduced. In the red blood cells, the polysulphides present in garlic are converted to a gas called hydrogen sulphide. This helps dilate the blood vessels and also control blood pressure.
Apart from regulating the blood pressure garlic is also beneficial to the heart in the following ways
Lowers serum triglycerides and LDL- cholesterol levels.
Decrease platelet aggregation.
Ajoene an anti cloting compound present in garlic promote heart health by preventing the formation of clots inside the blood vessels
Stimulate the production of nitric oxide
Garlic stimulate the production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a powerful blood vessels dilatory. It relaxes the blood vessels thereby reducing the blood pressure.
Garlic slows down the developmemt of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and also prevents the arteries from being blocked.
Researchers have confirmed that consuming the garlic helps stop the formation of new fatty deposits, called nanoplaques, inside arterial walls. This includes the arteries leading to the joystick.
Antibiotic and Antioxidant Effects
Garlic is a powerful antibiotic that fight off diseases from the heart. It is effective against fungi, viruses and bacteria. It also helps protect the heart from the damaging effects of free oxygen radicals.
For garlic to have any effect on the blood pressure, it should be taken in large amount. Two or three cloves a day have cut the risk of subsequent heart attacks in half in heart patients.