By Dr. Manoj Kutteri, Wellness Director at Atmantan Wellness Centre, says that Hypertension or high blood pressure, a condition in which the force exerted by the blood on the walls of the artery is too high, affects approximately one-third of India’s population. While the disease puts the heart and the various vital organs at a high risk of dysfunction, it also takes a toll on one’s mental health. Especially, in sensitive times like these when the world plunges into fighting a global pandemic with weapons of social distancing. Covid-19 has rendered the world into the confinement of their houses and forced the “daily routine” to do a backflip. It is imperative to focus on dealing with the issue of elevated blood pressure under these altered circumstances.
With the drastic change in the everyday lifestyle, the body and mind have to re-adjust and accept this ‘New Normal’. To keep the blood pressure in check, we need to deep dive into the age-old remedies and accept a Gem we call Garlic. It’s been reiterated, time and again, that Garlic due to its Sulphur containing compounds such as allicin help in maintaining Hypertension and giving the body an overall boost.
Dr. Manoj Kutteri, Wellness Director at Atmantan Wellness Centre suggests how Garlic can aid you to deal with hypertension:
The nitric oxide levels in the blood vessels are stimulated by the Sulphur in the Garlic. Thereby, improving their elasticity and helping in lowering blood pressure and by extension, the risk of high cholesterol, strokes and atherosclerosis.
The compound Allicin, which cause the pungent odour of the garlic, is a highly reactive and is associated closely with have a lowering effect in blood pressure.
It is said that the body increasingly produces an enzyme called angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) which results in hypertension or elevated blood pressure. Garlic, contains a natural ACE inhibitor- gamma-glutamyl cysteine. This chemical combines with allicin to give garlic its ability to dilate arteries, thereby lowering blood pressure.
How to incorporate Garlic in your daily routine:
Keeping it Raw
Consuming raw, fresh garlic is one of the most accredited ayurvedic remedies for controlling high blood pressure. Chewing 1-2 chopped up garlic cloves, the first thing in the morning activates alliinase to release the maximum amount of allicin.
Include the goodness of garlic in the your meals in the form of a powder. About 600-900 mg of garlic powder helps reduce 9-12% increase in blood pressure. However, in most Indian households, the concept of a garlic paste is common which works equally well.
Add chopped garlic directly to your favourite Salads or meals making them healthy yet scrumptious. You can mix it up by switching the cloves for paste or powder, suiting the style of your cooking today.
Garlic milk works wonders for your overall health. All you need are 10-12 peeled and finely chopped garlic cloves and toss them into some warm milk! Add honey to the beverage for better results.
Follow up the above with a routine of sound sleep, meditation and exercise, for the overall well-being and balance of our mind, body and soul.
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