Though it’s shunned by those on a first date (and vampires), garlic is worthy of love from the rest of us: Recent research published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that garlic’s extract may lower blood pressure. Australian scientists from The University of Adelaide divided 79 study participants into four groups. Each group took 240 mg, 480 mg, or 960 mg aged garlic per day, or a placebo, for 12 weeks. After the study, researchers found that the 480-mg-dose group had significantly lower blood pressure; some of them experienced a whopping 11.8 mmHg reduction in systolic blood pressure (the force of blood in arteries as your heart beats) compared with the placebo group.