The Amazing Benefits of Garlic to Your Body



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Garlic gets some bad rap. All you need to do is mention the phrase ‘garlic breath’ and someone’s bound to sink to the floor coughing helplessly. Yet, while its reputation for creating sulfurous breath strong enough to knock a man off his horse is probably well founded, there is a lot more to garlic than simple stench.


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First, we’ll cover the basics. Garlic is a bulb crop, in the same genus (allium) as leeks and onions. It grows underground and sends up green shoots. Besides being called garlic, it is also nicknamed the ‘stinking rose’. Now here’s where it gets interesting. Garlic actually contains sulfurous compound, and not only does it cause bad breath, but it actually travels through your entire body and can come out of your pores. Even chowing down on breath mints won’t hide the fact that you ate garlic because you’ll end up sweating out the scent. The worst of it, though, is that if you eat garlic often enough, you might not even notice the smell. That’s good for you, but not so good for everybody else!

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