Medical Garlic

Reporter: Lucy Polkinghorne

in those classic, old horror films, garlic was used to ward off vampires, but now scientific trials are showing it can keep a host of deadly medical conditions at bay.

And it's all about your blood. Lucy Polkinghorne reports the trials show eating garlic can dramatically improve your heart health.

IT'S OUR NUMBER ONE KILLER...

"Cardiovascular disease and hypertension is the most common cause of death in Australia"

A RESULT OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE..

"my blood pressure is about 150/105 which is high"

SOMETHING THAT OVER THREE MILLION AUSSIES SUFFER FROM...AND MANY DON'T EVEN KNOW IT...

"The main risk are damage to the arteries, it effects heart attack stroke, poor circulation to the lower legs which stops people walking and even leading to amputation in severe cases"

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"It did reach a stage where my doctor was quite concerned"

PRESCRIBED MEDICATION IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE TREATMENT...HOWEVER.. AS WE ARE ABOUT TO REVEAL..ALL THAT COULD CHANGE WITH THIS HUMBLE PLANT THAT'S MORE AT HOME AS FOOD INGREDIENT........

"The aged garlic certainly changed my blood pressure for the better 

ADELAIDE DAD.. ROB WYNN HAS BEEN BATTLING HYPERTENSION FOR A DECADE..

"I do have a family history of high blood pressure and life style things sedentary lifestyle I guess all those things added up"

GENERAL PRACTITIONER... OLIVER FRANK PRESCRIBED HIM STANDARD MEDICATION TO TRY TO KEEP IT UNDER CONTROL...

"It didn't work as well as he hoped he gave me a different version of the ometic plus and then and even that wasn't helping too much"

"Quite a significant proportion of people with high blood pressure may need more than one medicine to control it and a smaller portion on four different medicines may not be enough to get it to a desirable level"

30 YEAR OLD STEVE BUNCE ALSO SUFFERS FROM ELEVATED BLOOD PRESSURE...

" it was mainly caused by lifestyle factors, long hours high stress, incorrect diet, also I have a family history my father also has high blood pressure"

BOTH STEVE AND ROB STRUGGLED TO GET THEIR BLOOD PRESSURE DOWN TO SAFE LEVELS... AND THAT MADE THEM PERFECT CANDIDATES FOR A THREE MONTH TRIAL USING AGED GARLIC EXTRACT

"Our study was looking at aged garlic extract in relation to blood pressure, we wanted to know whether it could reduce high blood pressure in hypertensive patients"

RESEARCH DIRECTOR DR KARIN RIED.. HAS BEEN STUDYING THE BENEFITS OF NUTRITIONAL MEDICINE IN CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH FOR 15 YEARS... WITH A FOCUS ON GARLIC.

"We had three groups of people taking garlic extract of different dosages and a group of placebo capsules

AND THE RESULTS HAVE BEEN STUNNING

"Ive taken the medication for about two months and my blood pressure has come down ten points both dystolic and systolic""At the end of the trial my blood pressure had improved considerably it was marketdly down to what was considered normal levels

"before you went in the trial your blood pressure was 154 which is higher than what we'd like it to be and during the 12 weeks in which you were in the trial it went down to 126 which is very good and much bigger than what we thought overall"

70 PERCENT OF PATIENTS ON THE TRAIL FOUND THEIR BLOOD PRESSURE FELL AFTER TAKING JUST TWO OF THE NATURAL TABLETS A DAY..

"In our trial the majority of patients had already been on standard medication but they still were in the hypertensive range but will our garlic extract we were able to lower that to the normal tensive range"ACCORDING TO DR REID.. AGED GARLIC IS THE SECRET..

"The aged garlic extract is anorganic compound 20 month old aged garlic"

RAW OR FRESH VERSIONS OF THE BULB DON'T HAVE THE HIGH POTENCY NEEDED TO HAVE THE SAME EFFECTS.

"I felt a lot better I felt a lot better I used to have a tight band around my head and that disappeared obviously another symptom of blood pressure"

"I feel more even keel now and I think if you were to ask my fiance she'd agree im in better moods since my blood pressure's come down"

THE TRIAL COULD EVENTUALLY PAVE THE WAY FOR HYPERTENSION SUFFERERS THROWING AWAY THEIR EXPENSIVE MEDICATIONS.....FOR A NATURAL ALTERNATIVE.

"The effect we saw is very similar to standard blood pressure medication that's really exciting that two tablets daily could work similarly to standard medication"

DETAILS

Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract tablets.

Available at Health food stores and most pharmacies.