Garlic is known to treat high blood pressure. Researchers found eating garlic might serve to clean the arteries or blood vessels. Garlic may slow the progression of atherosclerosis, a condition that can cause plaque and harmful to blood vessels.
Thousands of years ago people already have the habit of eating garlic because it is believed to be drugs. Based on reports from the University of Maryland Medical Center is known that garlic has the ability to destroy the plaques present in the blood vessel walls.
Several studies conducted on patients with atherosclerosis showed a decreased number of plaques when patients were asked to consume garlic in supplement form. However further research is needed to know for sure how to crush garlic plaque.
Another study also found that consumption of garlic can help lower total blood cholesterol levels and bad cholesterol (LDL), while increasing good cholesterol (HDL), thereby reducing the risk of plaque accumulates in the arteries.
In addition, the results of research conducted by Linus Pauling Institute says that garlic also has the ability to prevent blood clots in the arteries and reduce the number of platelets in the blood clotted.
While the garlic consumed in the form of powder or oil also seems to be effective for preventing blood clots in the arteries that can lead to heart attack or stroke. If someone wants to eat garlic to cleanse arteries, UMMC recommend consumption of 2-4 cloves of fresh garlic every day, or garlic can also be mixed in food.