4. Garlic makes you more attractive
This might be at odds with your instincts, but it’s true. Of course, we’re all familiar with the effect garlic has on the smell of your breath. But did you know your body odour is also impacted by the vegetable? Research from 2016 has shown the influence of garlic on your bodily smell is actually mostly positive. Participants in a smelling test described the scents of the people who had eaten garlic as ‘less intense’ and ‘more attractive’. This may be because of garlic’s anti-microbial properties. The bacteria that cause the nasty smell of sweat are decreased by the garlic in your body. Be aware: this works best when eating garlic a day before your date. Of course we won’t recommend eating garlic immediately beforehand.
5. Fresh garlic for your immune system
The fact that garlic can contribute to our health was known to our grandmothers and even their grandmothers (and their grandmothers on top of that). The plant has been known for centuries to have properties that work against bacteria, viruses and fungi. For the ultimate boost to your immune system, however you’ll have to eat your garlic raw. When cutting or crushing the garlic, it releases ‘allicin’. This substance has a lot of benefits for your health, but upon heating the garlic, you’ll lose the vast majority of the allicin.
6. Garlic against high blood pressure
At this point, we’re all familiar with the dangers of high blood pressure. We also continue to learn more about the role cholesterol plays here. That’s why nowadays, you’ll quite often hear about products that claim to lower your cholesterol. Garlic, too, is one of those products. Multiple studies have shown that a daily intake of garlic will have long-term effects in lowering your cholesterol. Of course, if you’re dealing with any cardiovascular disease or increased cholesterol levels, you should always get the advice of a medical specialist. Garlic may affect the outcome as a whole, but it’s not a cure-all!
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