Never mind the bad breath, garlic is a natural health enhancer and contains more than 100 biologically useful chemicals.
In 2001, Americans spent an estimated $61.2 million on garlic powders and preparations. Researchers have found the chemical allicin as the special ingredient that gives garlic its most powerful effects.
Garlic has been used by ancient Jews as a salve for open wounds, the Egyptians to ease diarrhea, and the Romans for intestinal and lung problems.
The spice is said to lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, cure sore throats, and protect against ear and urinary tract infections. Recent studies show that garlic's chemical compounds can help prevent the formation of cancerous tumors in mice.
Mmm mmm and it tastes good with mushrooms, too. So load up, two cloves a day, and pass the breath mints!
What you eat matters.