Garlic. In bodybuilding, any supplement that helps hormone balances should be considered. Garlic is a seasoning, but also an herbal supplement. It garlic may increase testosterone.
Garlic benefits. Garlic may enhance protein synthesis, increase muscle and boost gains. Scientific research has found that garlic increases T. This leads to more muscle mass.
Testosterone. In a study, rats were fed high-protein diets, similar to the diets bodybuilders will consume. The 2 groups of rats in the study were fed the same diet.
Note The first group was also given a garlic supplement. At the end, garlic-fed rats had a greater level of testosterone.
Note 2 The garlic-fed rats had a higher nitrogen balance. This chemical balance leads to muscle growth.
Warning More garlic is not better. Extreme high-garlic diets reduce T—don't eat too much.
Garlic supplementation results:
These results suggest that dietary supplementation with...
garlic alters hormones associated with protein anabolism by increasing testicular
testosterone and decreasing plasma corticosterone in rats fed a high protein diet.
With garlic: +Testosterone
No garlic: No change
A review. The garlic supplement had some effect. When testosterone levels are higher, more protein synthesis will occur. The nitrogen balance will be more positive.
And As a result, more muscle tissue and strength will be developed. A positive nitrogen balance helps muscle synthesis.
Garlic: +Testosterone -> +Muscle synthesis
A complex supplement. New scientific research has found that garlic is a complex supplement. Depending on how it is used, it can reduce or increase testosterone levels.
Overweight. If you are overweight, using garlic can help keep your liver in better health. And this can help you improve your exercise performance and your physical fitness.
Garlic story. I used a garlic supplement for months. It was inexpensive and gave me some interesting smells to my breath. But I did not notice any extra muscular development.
And I was still new to bodybuilding. At the time I was not eating enough. My muscle growth was attenuated.
Thus Garlic did not make up for my ineffective diet. As a general rule, diet is most important for muscle growth.
A summary. The effect of garlic on muscle mass and strength is likely not profound. It provides some sort of positive benefit. Garlic is useful for bodybuilding.
Other benefits. Garlic has many positive effects on health (it even helps your liver). But it can have a negative effect on your health if used in excess.