A Bowl of Garlic Pods It is common knowledge that garlic does not do much for one’s breath. That aside, a common myth for years now was that garlic helps to lower one’s cholesterol levels. But now, a study has proved that garlic stinks when it comes to lowering cholesterol levels.

That’s the conclusion of the most rigorous head-to-head study of raw garlic and popular garlic supplements.

Whether garlic was eaten raw in healthy sandwiches or in pills made of powdered or aged garlic, the strong-smelling herb had no effect on cholesterol in people whose levels had already elevated.