Since the beginning of recorded history and for thousands of years, GARLIC served countless purpose and medicinal applications.
From Egypt, Greece, Rome, India, and China, it was found in ancient medical texts that GARLIC was prescribed for a variety of medical conditions.
It showcases a wide array of benefits such as enhancing function of our immune system to fight common colds and flu, lowering cholesterol, and one of its most infamous benefit, lowering HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.
Garlic’s role in alleviating high blood pressure cannot just be left underrated.
And since it is used to primarily add spice and flavour to our food, making GARLIC as part of your staple diet is beneficial because it can actually save your life.
Research claims that by adding garlic to conventional blood pressure medication for people who have hypertension can actually lower blood pressure by as much as 10%!
How does garlic do it?
Well, it has an active component called ALLICIN that is found to produce the following BENEFICIAL EFFECTS:
It stimulates production of NITRIC OXIDE and HYDROGEN SULPHIDES that relax your blood vessel walls.
Relaxed blood vessel walls -> Lower blood pressure
It reduces stickiness of the blood making blood flow easier.
Reduced stickiness to flow -> Lesser resistance -> Lower blood pressure
It helps lower bad cholesterol and triglycerides – both of which are associated with stroke and heart disease.
You have to remember that eating the real thing is different from taking the supplement form.
Keep in mind that although allicin is produced when RAW GARLIC is CRUSHED or CHEWED, most of it is destroyed during cooking.
So sorry – NO to fried garlic if you want its blood pressure lowering effect!
Also, NOT all garlic preparations release the same amount of allicin. It was found that garlic oil is the worst form to take.
However, before you turn your back from this incredible herb because you are worried about the unpleasant smell associated with eating it fresh, there is good news for you.
Garlic powder or tablet can be as effective.
A 600 mg dose powder/tablet contains 3.6mg of allicin
A 900 mg dose powder/tablet contains 5.4mg of allicin.
Comparing it with a fresh clove of garlic – well, the real thing contains anything from 5 mg to 9 mg of ALLICIN per clove.
Reminder: If you are on blood thinners, please consult with your doctor first before consuming extra amounts of garlic.
So there you have it.
You have the freedom to choose whether you’ll just pop in garlic supplement or add fresh garlic to your meals.
Going for the natural can really help boost the flavour of your food and it will be cheaper too!
Alex Saroca is the founder of Tabachoy Academy. He is a general physician by profession, an author, a blogger, and an entrepreneur. He is on a mission to educate and make Filipinos realize - especially those with overweight, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes - that lifestyle modification is still more powerful than any drug in preventing heart disease, treating heart disease, and improving one's physical state and longevity.