The heart is crucial to the body, as it’s used to pump blood and deliver oxygen, according to the NHS.
Having a healthy heart is important for leading a healthy life, as organs around the body need a constant supply of blood for fresh oxygen.
Taking some supplements could lower the risk of some heart-related health conditions.
Garlic supplements could lower your risk of high blood pressure and heart disease, it’s been claimed.
You could lower your blood pressure by eating more garlic, said nutritionist Joe Leech.
High doses of the supplement appear to improve blood pressure in people with hypertension, he added.
About four cloves of garlic a day should be enough to have the desired effect.
“Cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and strokes are the world’s biggest killers,” Leech wrote on Healthline.
“High blood pressure, or hypertension, is one of the most important drivers of these diseases.
“Human studies have found garlic supplements to have a significant impact on reducing blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.”
Garlic supplements could also lower the amount of ‘bad’ cholesterol in your body, said Leech.
“Garlic improves cholesterol levels, which may lower the risk of heart disease,” he said.
“For those with high cholesterol, garlic supplements appear to reduce total and/or [bad] cholesterol by about 10–15 per cent.”
Adding more garlic to your diet could help you to live longer, added the nutritionist.
Its ability to fight infections, boost the immune system, and prevent high blood pressure all adds to its longevity effects.
Coronary heart disease is one of the most common causes of death in the UK.
It’s caused by the heart’s blood supply becoming blocked, usually due to a build-up of fatty substances.
Heart attacks are a sign of heart disease, along with chest pain and heart failure.
Eating a healthy balanced diet, and doing regular exercise could help you to avoid heart disease.
All UK adults should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every week.
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