Vitamin C is an Antioxidant. Vitamin C:
- Prevents the damage caused by free radicals and plays an important preventive role in virtually all degenerative diseases.
- It protects Vitamin B, Vitamins A and Vitamin E from oxidation and deterioration in the body. Oxidation of cells is a major cause of free-radical damage linked to most degenerative diseases (cancer, cardiovascular disease, cataracts, etc).
- Helps maintain the strength of blood vessels, especially capillaries. This is important because blood pressure increases when blood vessels lose their elasticity and harden or develop weak spots that easily rupture.
Garlic, a plant that is part of the Allium vegetable family (garlic, onions, chives, leeks, etc) has been used throughout history as folk remedies, and are a subject of investigation for modern researchers with research confirming Alliums many health benefits, particularly with regard to heart disease, high blood pressure, gastrointestinal cancer and infectious diseases.
Garlic contains over 200 different compounds! Of vitamins and minerals, garlic supplies high levels of phosphorus, potassium, sulfur and zinc; moderate measures of selenium and vitamins A and C; and lesser amounts of calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, manganese and B-vitamins. Alliums also contain flavonoids and other antioxidants, essential oils and fatty acids, amino acids, pectin, carbohydrates and sulfur compounds (notably allicin). Allicin alone reacts with oxygen to produce more than 70 sulfur compounds!
These sulfur compounds are powerful antioxidants that protect against the damaging effects of free radicals that damage LDL cholesterol. Damaged LDL cholesterol destroys artery walls. It is this inhibition of free radical’s that is part of the reason garlic is a most effective natural agents for lowering blood pressure. Garlic has been found to lower both Systolic and Diastolic blood pressure when consumed regularly.
GARLIC AND VITAMIN C: GOOD FOR YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE
Publishing in the journal “Nutrition Research” scientists showed that a combination of garlic and vitamin-C are effective in lowering blood pressure. They reported that while garlic alone provided some benefit, vitamin-C alone did not. But when the two are combined a significant reduction in blood pressure was noted. They pointed out that the blood pressure of their subject decreased when garlic and vitamin-C were delivered together and increased when the supplements were taken away. (Nutrition Research; Volume 27, Issue 2, pages 119-123, March 2007)