Blood pressure measures the force of blood against the walls of the blood vessels. The kidneys play a key role in keeping a person's blood pressure within a healthy range and blood pressure in turn can affect the health of one's kidneys. High blood pressure (hypertension) is a leading cause of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and many already diagnosed CKD patients struggle with reducing their elevated blood pressure. Often CKD patients' blood vessels become stiffer due to their blood pressure which increase the risk of having a stroke, heart attack, heart failure or early death. Many with CKD use garlic as a flavorful spice but are unaware of its ability to effectively act as a natural and healthy medicinal herb which normalizes and regulates high blood pressure.
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For those who suffer from high blood pressure, the best way to enjoy the benefits of garlic is to take a clove of it every morning. Also, preparing it into an oil to garnish food or taking garlic supplements (powder or pill) have been proven to be effective. However for CKD patients specifically, KidneyBuzz.com advices you to discuss the idea of including garlic into your diet with both your Nephrologist and Dietitian because it thins the blood and may interact poorly with certain supplements and medications.
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Allicin is an active substance in garlic that helps to significantly reduce hypertension by relaxing the blood vessels which reduces pressure by allowing muscles to contract smoothly. The substance also disrupts the effects of enzymes that are known to elevate blood pressure. The additional ability of garlic to break down fibrinolytic activity which can lead to blood clotting, increased cholesterol and blood platelet build up may make it a very useful herb for many people with CKD.
Garlic can also perform other functions aside from treating high blood pressure. Apart from its cholesterol lowering properties, people can also benefit from its ability to prevent cancer and effectively improve a CKD patients' digestion, reduce cramps as well as strengthen the immune system. However, CKD patients should always talk to their healthcare team before making any changes to their treatment plan such as including garlic into their diet.
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