Garlic (Allium sativum) is another food botanical with mild antihypertensive effects. A metaanalysis of studies using dried garlic powder does suggest that this form of garlic supplementation may lead to a significant drop in both systolic and diastolic pressures, although larger studies would be welcome.15 One specific study on 47 patients over 12 weeks showed that the subjects who took the garlic powder had a drop in supine diastolic pressure from an average of 102 mmHg to 91 mmHg over 12 weeks.16 In addition to a drop in blood pressure, there were also significant reductions in cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Thus, it appears that garlic, like CoQ10, may lead to an overall improvement in cardiovascular function that results in lowered blood pressure.
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