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Garlic linked to reduced hypertension

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Hypertension patients should add garlic to their diets, an Australian study suggests.

Researchers studied 50 patients with treated but uncontrolled hypertension, half of whom received four garlic supplements daily and the remainder a placebo.

Systolic blood pressure was on average 10.2mm Hg lower in the garlic group compared with controls over the 12-week treatment period.

British Heart Foundation senior cardiac nurse Ellen Mason urged patients to include garlic in their diets but not to stop taking their blood pressure medication as a result.

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