Garlic is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world, having been around for more than 5,000 years. As such, it is no surprise that the believed powers of this ancient bulb are numerous and widespread. It has been used to ensure a healthy afterlife, to increase strength and endurance, to ward off evil spirits and to prevent future illness. Of the four, only the last is actually feasible (depending, of course, on your position on popular mythology), but even that is a cause for debate.
Researchers have previously asserted that garlic can lower cholesterol and blood pressure, fight heart disease and prevent certain cancers. All of these conjectures have been ultimately hypothetical, as tests continually contradict each other, producing significant changes in some and none in others. However, a new study claims to have found the root of garlic’s health benefits, thus narrowing down the affected conditions. Consuming garlic increases the body’s production of hydrogen sulfide, a substance that relaxes blood vessels, increases blood flow and reduces inflammation. Therefore, eating it will definitely protect your heart and more than likely help prevent cancer. Unfortunately, it won’t do a thing for your cholesterol. Hydrogen sulfide has no affect on your HDL or LDL levels, so you’ll have to look for an alternative, alternative method for that. But, even having canceled out cholesterol, you can’t find fault with garlic . . . until, of course, you eat it.
Then, you start to smell. Your breath and sweat reek. You announce your presence with each waft of air. Friends tactfully rest their hands against their noses, hoping to block some of the odor, but to no avail. There is a reason garlic is called the stinking rose. What should you do?
Continue eating it, smell be damned! In fact, eat MORE of it. Researchers want you to have five cloves a day. It seems like a lot, but it’s easily achieved. So consume, consume, consume, but for the sake of those around you, consider chasing it with fennel seeds. They are known to neutralize the stench. If they don’t, you can always go the scent-free way and take garlic supplements.
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|Solaray – Fennel Seeds 450 mg. – 100 Capsules|