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 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 ---- 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?