High blood pressure is a common condition that affects more than 25 per cent of all adults in the UK. The condition, which is also known as hypertension, raises the risk of some deadly complications, including heart attacks and strokes. It’s caused by putting extra stress on your blood vessels and vital organs - mainly by eating an unhealthy diet or by not doing enough exercise. But you could lower your risk of high blood pressure by eating more garlic, it’s been claimed.
Garlic truly is a wonder spice
Garlic could help to lower your blood pressure as it contains a powerful antioxidant, according to medical website Sepalika.
It could also help to protect against high cholesterol levels, which subsequently contributes to blood pressure, it said.
Garlic has the potential to reduce arterial stiffness and inflammation in patients with uncontrolled hypertension, added Australian scientists.
“Garlic truly is a wonder spice,” said the medical website. “It is rich in allicin which is a potent antioxidant, antibacterial, lowers lipid levels, reduces high blood cholesterol levels, decreases serum glucose and also helps lower blood pressure.
“If you want to add more garlic to your diet, choose fresh garlic instead of processed garlic seasonings as the fresh produce has enhanced cardio-protective properties.
“Fresh raw or dried garlic has more allicin-forming potential when compared to aged or cooked