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Diet & Health : Heart & Blood Last Updated: Apr 20, 2011 - 9:38:09 AM

Got high blood pressure? Eat garlic
By Sue Mueller
Nov 25, 2008 - 1:57:31 PM

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Tuesday Nov 25, 2008 ( -- A new study suggests that eating garlic may help lower blood pressure in patients with an elevated systolic blood pressure, but not in those without elevated SBP.


The study is a review by Reinhart KM and colleagues and published in the Nov 18, 2008 issue of The Annals of pharmacotherapy.


The authors reviewed all articles published before June 26 2008 and retrieved from databases MEDLINE, CINAHL, and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials using keywords garlic, Allium sativum, and allicin.


The researchers found garlic reduced SBP by 16.3 mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure by 9.3 mmHg compared with placebo in patients with elevated SBP.   Use of garlic did not reduce SBP or DBP in patients without elevated SBP.


In addition to the effect on blood pressure, garlic has many other positive effects on health including protection against all types of cancer.





The Annals of pharmacotherapy 2008 Nov 18.

Effects of Garlic on Blood Pressure in Patients With and Without Systolic Hypertension: A Meta-Analysis (December).

Reinhart KM, Coleman CI, Teevan C, Vachhani P, White CM.

Cardiovascular Outcomes, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT.

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