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Garlique Healthy Blood Pressure Formula

Where's the science?

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Garlique Healthy Blood Pressure Formula

“My blood pressure is borderline. I could worry about it or do something about it,” says the woman in the Garlique ad above. She chooses the latter: “I’m taking charge with Garlique.”

In other words, she’s implying the garlic supplement is going to treat her borderline blood pressure. And such implied disease-treatment claims require substantiation and FDA approval.

On the substantiation front, Garlique, the self-proclaimed “natural enemy” of blood pressure, doesn’t offer any scientific studies on its website to support its claims. Instead, it touts that “[g]arlic has been used for centuries to support a healthy cardiovascular system” and makes a vague reference to “independent [] third-party testing and validating [of] each batch.”

However, the relationship between garlic and blood pressure is not settled science. While one review of studies found garlic supplements have the potential to lower blood pressure in hypertensive individuals, another review found that the evidence supporting this hypothesis is not strong.

Moreover, Garlique’s use of murky qualifying terms such as “maintains,” “supports” and “helps” (as in “helps maintain healthy blood pressure”) does not necessarily provide the company legal cover for its health claims. According to the FTC, it still needs competent and reliable scientific evidence to back up any implied disease-treatment claims.

With respect to FDA approval, Garlique doesn’t have it. A disclaimer at the bottom of the ad and throughout the company website states that:

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

The bottom line? There are many factors that affect blood pressure and if you are trying to lower yours, it may not be as easy as taking a garlic supplement. reached out to Garlique for comment. Check back for updates.

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