Garlic is well known for its benefits to cardiovascular health. Studies show it exerts a hypotensive effect in those with hypertension. Reports indicate that garlic's blood-pressure-lowering effects are comparable to commonly prescribed blood pressure drugs. Garlic is also promoted to lower cholesterol and inhibit the build-up of arterial plaque. It has been suggested that the consumption of garlic has protective effects against certain types of cancer, especially stomach and colorectal cancer. Garlic contains several different organosulfur compounds that have anticancer actions.