According to a new study, garlic may be useful in curing hypertension in addition to medication.
The study carried out by Australian physicians enrolled 50 patients in an experiment to observe if garlic supplements could aid those whose level of blood pressure was high, regardless of medicine.
The partakers who were given four garlic capsules extract on a daily basis showed lower BP level as compared to those on placebo.
Earlier, garlic supplements have been shown to lower cholesterol level and lessen hypertension in those with untreated high blood pressure.
In the new research, boffins from the University of Adelaide, Australia, viewed the effects of four capsules daily of a supplement called aged garlic for 12 weeks.
They detected systolic blood pressure was approximately 10mmHg lower in the group given garlic as against those on a placebo.
Researcher Karin Ried said, "Garlic supplements have been associated with a blood pressure lowering effect of clinical significance in patients with untreated hypertension. Our trial, however, is the first to assess the effect, tolerability and acceptability of aged garlic extract as an additional treatment to existing antihypertensive medication in patients with treated, but uncontrolled, hypertension."
Experts said that garlic supplements should only be utilized after seeking medical opinion, as garlic can thin the blood or act together with some medicines.
Ellen Mason, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation proves that garlic can helpful in conditions like increased blood pressure level.
The research is reported in the journal Maturitas.