British medical experts have revealed that garlic has turned out to be a natural remedy for normalizing blood pressure, Express reports.
In fact, some studies report it to be as effective as standard blood-pressure-lowering medications — with much fewer side effects.
One review of randomized controlled trials (RCT) - the gold standard in research - reported that garlic supplements might reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure by 6.7 and 4.8 mmHg, respectively, with no serious side effects.
The studies included in the review provided participants with 188–2,400 mg of garlic powder supplements or aged garlic extracts per day and lasted eight to 12 weeks.
Several other recent reviews support these results, with many reporting blood pressure reductions ranging from 2.5–11.2 mm Hg following taking 600–2,400 mg of garlic powder per day for eight to 24 weeks.
It’s significant that although garlic’s blood-pressure-lowering effects appear universal, they seem greatest in people with elevated blood pressures, compared with those with blood pressures within the normal range, researchers conclude.
Besides, it is recommended to combine garlic with other blood pressure management methods such as lowering salt in food and exercising regularly.
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