Is Garlic Good for Low Blood Pressure? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Garlic is good for low blood pressure. Because it has allicin and antioxidants that can lower blood pressure and protect blood vessels.

Low blood pressure is a condition that affects your heart and blood vessels.

In low blood pressure, your body does not have enough force to push blood throughout your body.

This can lead to various health problems, such as dizziness, fainting, shock, and organ damage.

One of the key factors in managing low blood pressure is diet.

What you consume can affect your blood volume, electrolyte balance, and blood vessel tone, which can impact your low blood pressure symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage low blood pressure, you should consume fluid-rich foods like soups, fruits, and vegetables and avoid alcohol-rich foods like wine, beer, and liquor.

You should also consume salt-rich foods like cheese, pickles, and olives and avoid sugar-rich foods like candy, soda, and pastries.

Now, garlic is a vegetable that belongs to the onion family.

It has a strong odor and flavor and is used as a seasoning and a traditional medicine worldwide.

People usually eat garlic raw, cooked, or in supplement form.

Garlic is good for low blood pressure because it contains allicin, a sulfur compound that may help lower blood pressure by relaxing and widening your blood vessels.

Allicin can also increase the production of nitric oxide and hydrogen sulfide, two gasses that have similar blood-pressure-lowering effects.

One clove of garlic can give you about 0.9 mg of allicin, which is about 4% of your daily needs.

Allicin can positively affect low blood pressure by improving blood flow and preventing blood clots.

Furthermore, garlic is a source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that can protect your blood vessels from damage and inflammation.

Garlic also has antibacterial and antiviral properties that can boost your immune system and prevent infections that may worsen your low blood pressure.

You can eat one to two cloves of garlic per day safely.

More than that can cause side effects like bad breath, stomach upset, and bleeding problems.

Also, you shouldn’t eat garlic if you are taking blood-thinning medications or have bleeding disorders to prevent excessive bleeding.

Because garlic can interfere with the clotting process and increase the risk of bleeding.

You can buy fresh garlic in your local market or can order it from online.

Always choose garlic that is firm, plump, and free of mold or sprouts.

Because these are signs of freshness and quality.

You can store them in a cool, dry, and dark place for up to six months.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing low blood pressure effectively.

I always recommend my low blood pressure patients to follow a low blood pressure-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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