Get Rid of Garlic Breath: 8 Tips to Feel Fresh Again
Garlic’s health benefits are many, including fighting cancer and lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, but many people pass because of the garlic-breath effects. These natural remedies ought to help out.
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“Sulfur compounds in garlic are released not only in the mouth, but also in the gut, from which they seep into the lungs and skin,” says Victor Sierpina, MD, professor of family and integrative medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. This makes freshening garlic breath more complex than merely cleansing the mouth. But start there. It’s handy that chefs decorate plates with parsley: Plant chemicals like chlorophyll and polyphenols bind to sulfur compounds in garlic and help neutralize odor. Basil, thyme, cilantro, mint, and dill have similar effects. These are the 13 surprising garlic benefits that will improve your life.
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Milk effectively reduces garlic breath if you drink it before or during a meal, a Journal of Food Science study suggests. “The water [in the milk] acts like a mouth rinse, and the fat neutralizes sulfur,” says Kantha Shelke, PhD, food scientist and Institute of Food Technologists member. That’s why whole milk is more effective than skim. These are other genius ways to use milk around the house and in your beauty routine.
Drink green tea
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Can’t stomach milk with stir-fry? Polyphenol-rich green tea may dull garlic stench too. Check out these other amazing benefits of green tea.
Add mushrooms to your tomato sauce
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Preliminary research suggests that the polyphenols in mushrooms work faster than any other compound to counteract garlic’s effects on breath, says Shelke.
Have fruit for dessert
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Natural enzymes in healthy fruits such as apples, berries, pineapple, and kiwis break down garlic’s sulfur compounds.
Swish with mouthwash
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One of the most effective ways to neutralize the odiferous sulfur compounds in a food like garlic is to use a mouthwash with chlorine dioxide or zinc, like Tom’s of Maine and ProFresh. (For simple halitosis, look for chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chloride in your mouthwash.) Consider these other clever uses for mouthwash.
Suck on a lemon
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Grab a lemon after you’ve eaten crushed garlic. The acid from a lemon neutralizes alliinase, which is an odor-causing enzyme that is released from crushed garlic. Here are more brilliant uses for lemons around your house.
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This will help dislodge any stinky garlic particles stuck in your teeth.