A garlic tablet a day... It could keep high blood pressure at bay

Garlic was once used to combat the Black Death, but doctors now claim it can tackle a modern-day epidemic of heart disease.

Just 12 weeks' treatment with garlic tablets led to a 'significant' cut in blood pressure, slashing the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Researchers claim people with hypertension, the medical term for high blood pressure, could control their condition better by adding garlic to conventional medication. The latest research used supplements rather than the raw herb to ensure people got a guaranteed dose of active ingredients.

Dr Karin Ried from the University of Adelaide, Australia, led a new trial of 50 people with high blood pressure who were taking prescription drugs for it. She said 'There is a large proportion of people out there who are on medication and some people are on four different types but they still have high blood pressure - it is uncontrolled. When we gave them this garlic supplement we were able on average to reduce their blood pressure under the hypertension threshold - so garlic might be a good complementary treatment option to control hypertension.'

Source - Daily Mail