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Experiencing High Blood Pressure--Took Some Garlic

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by CowboyMcCoy, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. CowboyMcCoy

    CowboyMcCoy Business is a Boomin

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    I'm amazed. I have been under quite a bit of stress lately for several reasons, my diet has been bad and high blood pressure runs in my family bud I've never had it. Last night I was experiencing my heart pounding rather hard, so I remembered someone saying to eat raw garlic cloves for that. I think it was Notherbob (my favorite poster, actually).

    I just read the following on EHow.

    Garlic Is a Powerful Blood Thinner and ACE Inhibitor
    • Garlic, specifically Allium sativum, contains sulfurs such as alliin, allicin, diallyl sulfide and allyl methyl trisulfide, the mineral selenium, and over 100 other chemicals. Garlic lowers blood pressure by thinning the blood, by blocking angiotensin II, and by acting on the adrenal system.
    • Garlic is a natural blood thinner and anticoagulant. Garlic is such a good anticoagulant, in fact, that the Mayo Clinic advises patients to stop taking it for two weeks before surgery.
    • Garlic is also a natural ACE Inhibitor. As the body increases production of angiotensen I-converting enzyme (ACE), blood pressure increases. Pharmaceutical ACE inhibitors work by blocking the formation of ACE. Glutamylcysteine is a natural ACE inhibitor, and adenosine helps to dilate artery walls. Garlic contains both. Hydrogen sulfide and a high allicin content also give garlic its ability to inhibit angiotensin II and dilate arterial walls.
    • A 2005 study in India treated 30 men with coronary artery disease with garlic oil. After six weeks, the subjects demonstrated a significant reduction in heart rates[IMG] during peak exercise times. Exercise tolerance also increased. However, there were no significant changes in resting heart rate or ECG. This led the authors to hypothesize that the use of garlic oil was related to adrenal system activity.
    • If your doctor has prescribed a diuretic, ACE inhibitor or Beta blocker to control your high blood pressure, ask her about garlic. If you don't have high blood pressure, keep it that way by adding garlic to your health regimen.
    Read more: http://www.ehow.com/how-does_5098245_garlic-lower-blood-pressure.html#ixzz2aGlmbQpZ

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    I checked my blood pressure and it went from 144/91 to 119/78 and back to normal in about 20 minutes. They call high blood pressure the silent killer. But garlic knocked it down almost instantly. I'm curious what else this wonder food is good for. I'm going to make a point to start changing my diet, but I really am convinced about garlic. Who would have thought this stinky food could be so good for you?
  2. AbeBeta

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    You likely caught a natural fluctuation and are attributing it to garlic. I doubt 20 min would be long enough for the garlic to even begin to work. Garlic is good and there is no reason not to use it. But relying on it to reduce BP is dangerous
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  3. CowboyFan74

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    Old Fashioned Oatmeal with a lot of cinnamon and a little bit of brown sugar (For taste) is also very good for your blood, specifically the cinnamon combined with the fiber from the oats. Try to eat that 3-5 times a week and you won't have heart problems going fwd...
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  4. CowboyMcCoy

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    I'm doubtful this is the case since I had been having pretty high BP and my heart was pounding really hard prior to this. Although, I'm not stupid. I think that could be the case. I just think garlic actually played some part in lowering my BP. I have been taking it lately and haven't had any problems.
  5. notherbob

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    These days I spend only a few minutes occasionally on the forum, mostly just lurking. I stay too busy to pay much attention to football of late.
  6. AmberBeer

    AmberBeer Well-Known Member

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    That's too bad. Football is a great stress reliever. Takes your mind off of the day to day grind.
  7. AbeBeta

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    Even real medicine ain't going to work in 20 minutrs
    Pounding heart is pulse. Not blood pressure.
  8. CowboyFan74

    CowboyFan74 Cowboys Analyst

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    Oh my bad. In that case disregard and be sure to eat a Big Mac at McDonald's everyday and also be sure to biggie size it.

    Oh course there are extreme cases, not everything works for everybody in select scenarios, geez.

    My grandfather on my father's side died of a stroke and my other grandfather had diabetes. Eating oatmeal has helped keep me from both heart issues and diabetes, along with drinking a lot of water and exercise of course...

    And many Dr's recommend increasing fiber intake to help alleviate these issues.

    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure....
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  9. CowboyMcCoy

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    Curious, though, is garlic fast-acting with high blood pressure?
  10. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    Football is garlic for your soul.
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  11. CowboyMcCoy

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  12. jubal

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    I take it every day and use it in my beans when i do beans and cornbread. Now I have heard that if you overdo it people say you start to reek of garlic.
    That may be the reason you don't catch everything being passed around,if the carriers don't get close enough to pass the germs to you,LOL.
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  13. CATCH17

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    If you think you have high blood pressure a simple dose of Garlic will not cure it.

    Go see your doctor man and get that checked. It is literally life threatening.
  14. ologan

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    May sound funny, but natural garlic is supposedly used by some as an antiseptic. By natural, I mean the local grown stuff, not the garlic you buy at the grocery store or super wallyworld, which normally comes from overseas (likely china), and is irradiated. That stuff is good for really one thing only,and that is taste.Taking a clove of natural garlic and crushing it releases allicin (sp) which when put on a scratch or cut, will kill most anything. Some even say a poltice of it put on flesh eating bacteria will kill them. I hope I don't have to try it to find out if that's true.
    We had our garlic festival today, and there were numerous natural varieties to be had. I purchased enough to both use in cooking, and to plant later in the season for next years crop.
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  15. CowboyMcCoy

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    I ate 3 cloves and I did smell kind of funky this am.
  16. AbeBeta

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    Clearly not what I said. You claimed that someone would have no problems if they just ate oatmeal. That is outlandishly awful advice.
  17. FiveRings

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    Nothing brings me more stress than football lol
  18. CowboyFan74

    CowboyFan74 Cowboys Analyst

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    I have Kyolic Garlic (Supposed to be the best form in a pill) and it works too good for me, it makes me sleepy so I don't take it....
  19. AmberBeer

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    Well,,,,,,you've got a point.
  20. Hoofbite

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    I've read a few times about garlic and it's abilities but I've yet to actually see anything more than individual accounts.

    I've talked to someone who specializes in infectious disease and they didn't have a clue what I was referring to.

    In regards to blood pressure, I'm skeptical. There are people who eat tons of garlic. Normal, healthy people who don't have hypertension. If garlic could drop blood pressure you'd have people passing out from hypotension after eating garlic. Unless of course we're going to say that garlic has some intrinsic property that makes normal consumption effective but also prevents excess consumption from becoming dangerous, and thereby regulates itself. If that's the case, that'd be a hell of a trick because that's rarely (if ever) the case. Perhaps the water soluble vitamins like B12 would apply seeing how you just pee them out.

    If garlic has any of the properties it's claimed to have it's likely at homeopathic levels.

    I'm open to any possible benefit from garlic but until I see a well conducted study that has undergone stringent peer review, I'll remain skeptical.

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