Does drinking vinegar or eating garlic help to lower your blood pressure?
Vinegar and garlic, while healthy foods, do not help control your blood pressure. During ancient times, both vinegar and garlic acquired reputations as curatives, able to allow people to live longer, healthier lives. These reputations have continued to modern times.
Garlic and vinegar have been used by people throughout history, for both culinary and medicinal purposes . Traces of vinegar have been found in Egyptian urns dating from around 3000 BC, and clay models of garlic bulbs were found in Tutankhamen’s tomb. Vinegar was reputed to help treat heartburn, indigestion and ease a sore throat.
Garlic was recommended to help boost the immune system and to provide relief from respiratory problems. Recent research shows vinegar and garlic do have some health benefits. In laboratory tests, garlic has been shown to help fight bacteria, viruses and fungi. And in a recent study in Japan, researchers saw new evidence that vinegar can help prevent the accumulation of body fat.
Instead, listen to the advice of the experts, such as those at the UAMS Cardiovascular Center. Generally, they will recommend an appropriate exercise program and a proper diet as the best ways to help maintain a healthy blood pressure. And if you do have high blood pressure, follow the treatment plan developed by your physician.
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