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Five ways garlic can extend your life

When Bram Stoker first wrote “Dracula” in the late 1890s and included a superstition some Europeans believed about using garlic externally to protect themselves from evil spirits, other residents at that time already knew the facts about which menaces garlic was actually the most effective against: bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses.

Unfortunately, people tend to avoid garlic because of its tendency to cause bad breath. Experts recommend chewing on a sprig or two of fresh parsley after eating garlic to minimize its effect on breath. (Parsley also is good at disposing of bacteria inside mouths and protecting teeth and gums.)

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