I’ve always found that its better to lower blood pressure naturally than to throw drugs at it. There are cases where drugs are necessary. But most cases will come down with a great diet and the right supplements. A recent study showed that one food or nutrient in particular can lower blood pressure all by itself.
A meta-analysis (that means a review of literature) found that garlic preparations can lower your blood pressure significantly (garlic is both a food and a supplement — both are effective). Compared to a placebo, garlic lowered systolic blood pressure an average 8.4 points and diastolic blood pressure by 7.3 points in those with hypertension. Even those with normal blood pressure will see a drop, but lower.
Garlic is a regular component of my diet. I get about one clove per day of raw garlic in my homemade salad dressings. I wont credit garlic alone for my blood pressure (110/70 or less), but I am sure it helps. If you have high blood pressure, consider garlic supplements if you cant increase garlic in your diet. Kyolic is an excellent garlic and widely available. Its processed in a way to preserve as much of the sensitive compounds found in raw garlic as possible. And it removes much of the odor. If you like garlic in your diet, eat as much as you are comfortable with.
Ref: Ried, K., O.R. Frank, et al. Effect of garlic on blood pressure: A systematic review and meta-analysis, BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, 2008; 8: 13.