Compared to cholesterol medication, the potency of garlic is relatively modest; the study found it lowered cholesterol levels by about 4%-6%. Though, other studies have found more success with more significant reductions in cholesterol levels.
According to one study, published in the American Journal of Hypertension, there is evidence to suggest that garlic might potentially lower hypertension. Though, they admitted that more research is needed.
In another study, this time published in the Annals of Pharmacology, found sufficient evidence to show that garlic indeed has the potential to lower high blood pressure.
Numerous other studies found conflicting results, with some researchers finding that it has positive effects on hypertension, while others say that there is not enough evidence to recommend garlic for hypertension.
With regard to the other effects of garlic, studies found moderate success when it comes to its anti-inflammatory properties. This suggests that garlic indeed has some uses when it comes to a health food.
Does This Mean Garlic is Not Effective at All?
It’s not always easy to gauge how effective plant-based medicine is. In the case of garlic, there is a lot of conflicting evidence with regard to its effects on hypertension.
Eating garlic or taking garlic supplements isn’t necessarily bad. Though, it is important to remember that it should not be used to replace the medication that has been prescribed by your doctor.
Right now, there isn’t enough evidence to show that garlic can be used to replace hypertension medication. Though on the other hand, there’s really no harm in adding garlic to your diet, or taking garlic supplements.