Have you noticed your blood pressure moving up as you age? It?s a very common problem. And it bewildered researchers for years. Until now. Researchers recently discovered why blood pressure goes up with age. But the really good news is that there?s a very simple way to fix the problem.
Researchers at the University of Alabama just discovered that your body regulates your blood pressure with the chemical hydrogen sulfide, or H2S. Your body makes small amounts of H2S naturally in your cells.
But here?s the problem: As you get older, its production decreases. As H2S levels decline, your blood vessels actually stiffen up, like a tight muscle. As your blood vessels get tighter and tighter, it causes your blood pressure to increase. This explains why many people who have had low or normal blood pressure most of their lives suddenly have hypertension as they age.
Fortunately, there?s an easy way to help your blood vessels stay relaxed and supple. All you have to do is take plenty of garlic. We?ve known for years that garlic keeps blood pressure down, but we didn?t know why. This study explains it.
Certain compounds in garlic interact with red blood cells and cause your blood vessels to relax. Molecules in garlic called polysulfides release H2S from inside your cells. When this happens, the H2S then finds its way into smooth muscle cells and relaxes them.
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So the solution to relaxing blood vessels and lowering your blood pressure could be as simple as adding two cloves of fresh garlic to your diet each day. In fact, that amount was enough to relax blood vessels by a whopping 72% in this study?s participants.
If you don?t want to smell like garlic or eat it every day, pick up a bottle of Kwai brand garlic capsules. Kwai has a great deal of research behind it, and I always recommend products that have been used in scientific studies above other brands. You can find Kwai in most health food stores, drugstores, and pharmacies.
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"Garlic boosts hydrogen sulfide to relax arteries", press release, ww.main.uab.edu.