28 Nov 2012
Garlic has long been said to be effective at helping to control high blood pressure. New research published in the European Journal of Clinical Medicine confirms the
potential of garlic in the form of aged
garlic extract (AGE) to assist in the tratment of hypertension.
Researchers studied adult volunteers in Adelaide, South Australia who were suffering from uncontrolled
systolic hypertension. The study consisted of a double-blind randomised placebo-controlled parallel 12-week trial. Participants were instructed to take either one, two or four capsules with their evening
meal. The capsules were either a placebo or Kyolic
aged garlic extract (High Potency Everyday Formula 112).
The results were impressive. In the garlic-2 capsule compared to placebo groups a significant reduction
in systolic blood pressure was seen after 12 weeks. With the four capsule group, results reached borderline sifgnificance in only 8 weeks.
However the single capsule group showed no significant
improvement compared to the placebo, suggesting a certain minimum dose requirement for age to be
effective in these patients.
The researchers concluded:
"In summary, our trial suggests aged garlic extract to be an effective and tolerable treatment in uncontrolled hypertension, and may be considered as a safe adjunct treatment to conventional antihypertensive therapy."