Cucumbers are full of water, fiber, potassium, and magnesium (3).
Potassium helps balance the amount of sodium in your cells, which can contribute towards atherosclerosis (4).
On the other hand, fiber regulates blood pressure and also helps reduce cholesterol, prevent type 2 diabetes, and boosts weight loss (5,6).
Raw garlic is traditionally used to control high blood pressure, low blood pressure, high cholesterol, inherited high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, heart attack, reduced blood flow due to narrowed arteries, and atherosclerosis (7).
There is evidence that allicin, the active compound in garlic may use the same mechanism as blood pressure drugs called ACE inhibitors to lower blood pressure. It’s believed that garlic prevents the creation of
angiotensin II, a hormone, and helps relax blood vessels (8).
Garlic also helps control cholesterol.
Cucumber Garlic Salad
Try going on a cucumber and garlic salad diet. Make it every day to improve your cardiovascular health.
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 cucumber
- A few spoonfuls of water
- ½ -1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- Peel the garlic and crush it with the side of your knife.
- Set aside.
- Wash the cucumber and cut it into small pieces.
- Add the cucumber to a large glass bowl.
- Mince the garlic and add to the mixture.
- Add the vinegar and water and adjust if necessary.
- Garnish with mint leaves and serve.