Washington: Suffering from hypertension?Try out garlic as an adjunct to conventional drugs, for a newstudy claims that it controls blood pressure levels. An international team, led by Dr Karin Ried atthe University of Adelaide, has found garlic extract can helptreat high blood pressure, the `Maturitas` scientific journalreported in its latest edition. However, raw or cooked garlic, and garlic powderare not as effective in treating high blood pressure as agedgarlic extract, says the study.
He added: "High blood pressure is an important riskfactor for cardiovascular disease. About 30 per cent of adultsin Australia are hypertensive, yet only half that number areon BP medication and 60 per cent of those who are receivingtreatment are inadequately controlled. "This shows there is plenty of scope to explorethe use of garlic as an effective treatment option for peoplesuffering hypertension." PTI
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