Friday, November 30, 2007

Is Garlic Good for You or What?

Pound360 was saddened earlier this year when research found garlic does not lower cholesterol. But a new article at the New York Times reveals other benefits of garlic, as well as a tip for keeping your breath fresh after eating it.

Researchers at the University of Alabama found garlic cranks up your body’s output of hydrogen sulfide. Yes, that’s poisonous at high levels and it’s a byproduct of refining oil. But at the levels your body produces, it simply relaxes blood vessels and increases blood flow. Also, in lab mice, a hydrogen sulfide booster protected the heart from damage during a heart attack.

To get the benefits, you need to eat two garlic cloves per day. And sorry, data on supplements is “mixed”, so don’t rely on those. And please don’t whine about having to eat two whole cloves of garlic. Koreans and Italians eat eight to 12 per day.

Worried about bad breath? According to the Times, “eating fennel seeds like those served at Indian restaurants helps to neutralize the smell.”

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.