Turning tide- Hypertension and Garlic

I was running the other day and started thinking about my blog.  I decided it was not exactly what I had intended it to be up to this point.  I have been focusing more on meals vs what the meals/food can do for our health.  So I decided to changes things up a little.  I am going to move away from our daily meals  (which is time consuming to post) to more of a “food root” focus.  With this I plan to still post recipes but limit it to or favorite from the week, breakfast and anything special otherwise.  In turn I plan to spend more time with research and posting about foods, diseases and how we can change our ailments through natural God created ways.  I hope you can all still enjoy and share in my passion to make this world a better and healthier place.

 

A recent research release on hypertension and the use of garlic vs prescription medication.  In summary from the article;

Hypertension is called a ‘silent killer,’ as it often goes completely unnoticed, along with the decades long subclinical march of atherosclerosis that is largely the cause of elevated blood pressure, often culminating suddenly in a deadly cardiovascular event such as a heart attack or stroke.

Researchers at the Department of Pharmacology, College of Pharmacy, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia gave test subjects either, one of five doses of garlic (300/mg, 600/mg, 900/mg, 1200/mg, 1500/mg) in divided doses per day, a tablet of atenolol, or a placebo, for 24 weeks. Blood pressure readings were recorded at weeks 0, 12 and 24.

The study results showed significant decreases in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in both dose and duration dependent manner in all the treatment groups. The results of the treatments on systolic blood pressure were reported as follows:

Citation: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/garlic-beats-best-selling-blood-pressure-drug-new-study

 

So we can either start to take another pill, what i’m trying to get people away from, or what about using the real deal.  I basically add garlic to most any dish I can.  That results in almost all!

Dosage and History as suggested by AAFP: http://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0701/p103.html

Garlic (Allium sativum) has been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes. Sanskrit records show its medicinal used about 5,000 years ago, and it has been used for at least 3,000 years in Chinese medicine. The Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, and Romans used garlic for healing purposes.1 In 1858, Pasteur noted garlic’s antibacterial activity, and it was used as an antiseptic to prevent gangrene during World War I and World War II.2

The effective dosage of garlic has not been determined. Dosages generally recommended in the literature for adults are 4 g (one to two cloves) of raw garlic per day, one 300-mg dried garlic powder tablet (standardized to 1.3 percent alliin or 0.6 percent allicin yield) two to three times per day, or 7.2 g of aged garlic extract per day.

 

You can see your option is to take 1 tablet 2-3 times a day or just add in 2 cloves to your meals each day. I have taken a garlic supplement and let me tell you… it tastes terrible and you can not get the taste out!

Garlic is great for hypertension as well as many other things: antineoplastic, antihypertensive, and antimicrobial.

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