In modern day stress infused life, the reports of increased incidence of blood pressure are common. As the ailment becomes more commonplace, we find people experimenting with a variety of remedies to control blood pressure or cure the condition causing raised blood pressure. Along with synthetic medicines, several naturopaths and advocates of herbal medicines also are in search of herbs to control blood pressure. Among several home remedies suggested, one is the use of garlic as a potential cure for controlling blood pressure. Several researches are being conducted and studies undertaken to validate the use of garlic as a cure for elevated blood pressure. Although there is no major breakthrough as such, it is now being suggested that regular doses of about 600-900 mg/day of garlic may help reduce both systolic blood pressure and diastolic pressure.
It is said that garlic has properties which could reduce cardiovascular morbidity and it is also said to contain antihypertensive properties. Medicinal formulations containing garlic were cited as cure for heart diseases, probably caused by raised blood pressure, in ancient Egyptian books on medicines. Garlic was thought of as an herb that helped maintain vitality and a way of maintaining a healthy heart. The antibiotic properties of garlic were demonstrated by Louis Pasture and we can find mention of garlic being more effective then penicillin as an antibiotic against some bacteria. The effectiveness of garlic in reducing blood pressure is thought to because it contains diallyldisulphide-oxide, which can reduce the level of serum cholesterol. Garlic is also said to contain selenium, which is said to be effective in reducing the sticky platelets, thus preventing atherosclerosis and controlling the formation of clots in arteries.
In India and many Asian countries, the use of garlic as a medicinal herb is quite prevalent. Nutritionists conducting studies in these regions and other European countries using garlic therapy claim that using garlic leads to considerable improvement blood pressure, both systolic and diastolic, in patients suffering from hypertension. Garlic in the extract form of liquid allicin helps regulate blood pressure as it is found to help in reducing cholesterol, effectively treat anemia, besides reducing arthritic inflammation from arthritis and reducing the level of blood sugar. The sulfur compounds of garlic are said to be effective in detoxifying the liver and stimulating the blood circulation. Thus garlic is quoted to be an effective way to control blood pressure.
Among the other studies conducted to study the efficacy of garlic in controlling blood pressure, no sustainable benefits have been found. These studies suggest the lack of adequate data to support the conclusions and claim that only moderate reduction in blood pressure can be achieved. Studies are on to validate the claim of garlic as an effective herb to control blood pressure and if proven effective, further studies will be needed to verify the dosage needed to be effective. In the meantime, based on ancient knowledge and looking at the active ingredients in garlic, which are known to have qualities to regulate heart ailments, garlic finds its place and use as a method to control blood pressure.