You might already be aware that high blood pressure or hypertension can result from many factors – collectively or separately. Either way, since there’s no single pinpointed cause for high blood pressure, curing it and keeping it under control becomes a bit baffling. Also, more than medicines and other treatments, natural methods like herbs and lifestyle choices are seen to be more effective. One such ‘miracle’ ingredient in controlling hypertension is garlic – many studies have lead to this conclusion. And here is one such:
Garlic & Onions For High Blood Pressure
As Alan Tsai’s test results point out, garlic is indeed a good natural solution to hypertension – and here’s taking a look at the benefits that make garlic an effective choice when you have high blood pressure:
The Benefits of Garlic for Hypertension
There are two major known benefits of garlic when it comes to high blood pressure – and here they are:
- Garlic contains certain active compounds that are very beneficial in controlling blood pressure. The active ingredients alliin and allicin benefit your cardiovascular system by stopping the blood platelets from clogging together. This ensures that the blood flows through your circulatory system uninhibited so that there is less of ‘platelet aggression’, and thus your blood pressure levels will be in control.
- Garlic is known to also have anti-spasmodic tendencies, and so it eases the spasms in the small arteries and prevents blood clotting. This in turn helps to alleviate hypertension.
Now that we have covered the grounds on the benefits of garlic for hypertension, we can actually move to the recipes that we promised you at the very beginning. Now the thing about these recipes is that you can create your own variations – but, you need to be conscious about the amount of garlic you use. If you use garlic more than necessary, it could leave a bitter and pungent aftertaste in the mouth – effectively ruining your taste buds for the moment.
So you need to pay attention to the amount of garlic you use to create some of the best dishes that are a treat for your taste buds – and a ‘blessing’ for your high blood pressure.
On to the recipes then…
Garlic Recipes for Hypertension
We have brought you a collection of five recipes – starting from a simple brew to some of the most mouth-watering dishes you can rustle up and serve. In fact, having garlic based meals can be the perfect way to indulge in some exotic preparations.
And we bring you those right here, starting with…
Garlic tea actually ensures that you have the necessary dosage of allicin and to make garlic tea all you need are:
And here is the method of preparation:
- First allow the garlic cloves (peeled and diced) to steep in water for about 10 minutes or more. This is the period when the alliin is transformed into allicin – the more important active ingredient.
- Turn off the heat when the water comes to a boil.
- Add the honey and lemon to taste and strain.
And you have your garlic tea ready to consume. Ideally, you should have this brew at least once a day for the best results.
Shrimp and Garlic
This preparation has a very Middle Eastern air to it – courtesy of the tangy oriental yogurt sauce. And this dish doesn’t take much time to prepare, so you can make a meal of this quite often.
And to make this you will need:
Now for the method of preparation:
- Take water in a large bowl and bring to a boil – then prepare your spaghetti according to instructions on the package.
- Add the shrimp, asparagus, peas and bell pepper in and cook till the pasta is tender, and the shrimp, well cooked.
- Cook for 2-4 minutes more for extra measure and then drain.
- Take another bowl and mash the garlic and salt till you get a paste.
- Now add the yogurt, pepper, parsley, olive oil and lemon juice – whisk well.
- Add the pasta to the spicy yogurt and toss well. You can sprinkle the pine nuts for garnish if you so choose.
This doesn’t take much time or effort to prepare, as you must have guessed by now – and it tastes amazing. So the next time you want to have pasta, you know what to make.
One of the most popular garlic based preparations, this one is also pretty simple to make. Add to the equation a wine-mustard sauce and you can take a simple garlic chicken to a whole new level.
To make this preparation, this is what you’ll need:
Now moving on to the method of preparation:
- Smash the garlic cloves with the side of a large knife – do it lightly to just loosen the skin.
- Peel them and cut them up into small even pieces.
- Sprinkle 1/4th tsp. of salt and pepper on the chicken.
- Heat oil in a skillet and add the garlic – cook on a medium flame. Keep stirring to avoid burning the garlic. Continue for two minutes or till the garlic starts to turn brown. Remove onto a plate.
- Add the chicken to the pan and cook till one side starts turning brown – this will take about 4-5 minutes. Turn it over and cook the other side.
- Now add the garlic and wine and let it cook for a minute.
- Now take a small bowl and whisk the mustard, chicken broth and remaining salt.
- Now add this mixture to the pan – bring the whole thing to a boil. Reduce the heat and let all of it simmer.
- Then cover the skillet and let the chicken cook for about 8-10 minutes. Sprinkle the scallion greens on top and serve hot.
As you can probably tell already, this dish is fairly simple, and doesn’t really take too long to prepare. You can serve it with whole wheat bread for any main meal.
You will possibly like this twist on a regular Caesar salad quite well. Here are the ingredients you will need:
And to make it:
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet on medium flame.
- Add the garlic and the red pepper – and cook till the garlic becomes fragrant. This will take about 30 seconds to a minute.
- Now add the anchovy paste, asparagus, and water – let it cook till the asparagus is tender and crisp. Keep stirring to avoid the ingredients from getting burnt. It will take around 5-6 minutes.
Voila, your salad is ready. And you can tell already that this perhaps one of the simplest meals – you need only add bread and you have a full meal on your plate.
So this is our compilation of garlic recipes for high blood pressure – we tried to offer you a variety, and we hope these will be a treat for your taste buds.
And as we said before, you can come up with your own variations, but just remember two points – make sure the quantity of garlic is just right, and go low on salt. In fact, when you have high blood pressure, it’s advised to have less salt, because those with high blood pressure also have high sodium content in the body. And if you choose to have garlic as supplements over and above having it as part of your meals, do talk it over with your doctor, especially for the dosage.