garlic supplements reduce high blood pressure

17.6% of all Canadians and 54.3% of all Americans between 65 and 74 struggle with high blood pressure. For many of those, drugs are not the answer, but garlic may be.


Out of all those people with high blood pressure, 80% of them have mild to moderate high blood pressure. And for that 80%, pharmaceutical drugs won’t help them prevent heart disease and may even make the odds worse (Cochrane Database of Syst Rev 2012;8:CD006742; JAMA 2012;308:1340-9). And as many as 62% of them will suffer adverse effects.

Garlic, though, has proven to be a very safe, very effective alternative. At least four recent meta-analyses or systematic reviews have proven garlic’s effectiveness (J Clin Hypertens 2015;17:223-31; BMC Cardiovasc Disord 2008;8:13; Am J Hypertens 2015;28:414-23; J Nutr 2016;146(2):389S-396S).

Now a new updated systematic review and meta-analysis crowns the evidence. All twelve studies included were randomized controlled studies, and everyone in the studies had high blood pressure.

Garlic supplements significantly reduced both systolic and diastolic blood pressure: systolic went down by 8.32mmHg and diastolic went down by 5.48mmHg. The authors said that reductions of that magnitude are associated with reducing the risk of cardiovascular events by 16-40%.

The authors of the study also reported two more interesting findings. The first is that garlic supplements have the potential to reverse arterial stiffness by five years. The second is that vitamins B2, B6, B12 and folic acid may be cofactors that help garlic do its work.

So, if you’re struggling with high blood pressure, this important study suggests that you may want to try giving garlic a try.

 Exp Ther Med 2020;19(2):1472-1478

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