July 28, 2021
Are you a Garlic eater?
Despite a disgusting breath, Garlic has some rather lesser-known impact on your mood and brain function.
Garlic shows significant antidepressant-like activity via inhibiting MAO-A and MAO-B levels and through interaction with adrenergic, dopaminergic, serotonergic and GABAergic systems(Kumar et al., 2008).
This translates to increased activity of the above neurotransmitters and can result in a clean and sustainable mood boost!
MAO-I is an enzyme found in the brain that is responsible for the BREAKDOWN of various neurotransmitters.
In fact, this enzyme increases with age, leaving you with less neurotransmitters, and subsequently poorer brain function (Paul et al., 2009).
Garlic Extract is a potent& non-selective MAO-I, with comparable potency to Pharmaceutical grade anti-depressants. Commonly MAO-I are used to alleviate feelings of anxiety and stress (Dhingra et al., 2008).
“High dose garlic gave me relief from depression but I thought it was because it was anti-inflammatory/microbial” - Reddit User.
“Upon consumption of crushing 4-5 cloves of raw garlic, I would feel amazing for the rest of the day; clear head, energy, good mood etc., it was amazing.” - Reddit User.
Garlic has impressive effects on various brain chemicals, which can lighten your mood. Unsurprisingly, many people also report garlic extracts to be psychoactive.