Want fresh breath? Try ginger.
For a natural solution to everyday bad breath, try a fresh take on “better living through chemistry.” In a recent study, researchers found that ginger can neutralize the compounds that lead to stale, stinky breath. An active component in ginger known as 6-gingerol causes an enzyme in saliva to increase; the enzyme breaks down sulfur-containing compounds that smell bad and eliminates the lingering aftertaste of coffee and other foods. To freshen up with this potent plant food, keep some fresh ginger around and keep in mind that a little goes a long way. Try chewing on a small sliver of fresh, peeled ginger, or make a ginger tea by simmering a few slices of ginger in a cup of water for 10 minutes and then straining out the ginger. To get rid of vampire-caliber garlic breath, you need to switch tacks — try eating some apple, a mint leaf, or lettuce. Keep up with good-breath basics like daily brushing (twice a day) and flossing (once a day), staying hydrated, and getting regular dental care.
Sources: Chemosensate-Induced Modulation of the Salivary Proteome and Metabolome Alters the Sensory Perception of Salt Taste and Odor-Active Thiols
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