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October 16, 2018 • Healthy Eating & Nutrition

Ginger for Fresh Breath

Ginger already enjoys rock-star status as a potent anti-inflammatory spice, and now it seems freshening our breath and cleansing our palates are two additional accolades that this gem of a root can claim.
The scientists involved in this study reported that ginger’s primary flavor ingredient, 6-gingerol, boosts saliva levels of the enzyme, sulfhydryl oxidase, up to 16-fold within a few seconds. Sulfhydryl oxidase, in turn, breaks down the smelly sulfur compounds in the mouth that are the cause of bad breath as well as the unpleasant aftertaste that foods like coffee and garlic can impart. This is wonderful news!
Fresh ginger is available at all grocery stores and has a long shelf life even outside the fridge. Consider having it in your car or pocketbook and take a little nibble after meals when needed as a fast and healthy way to freshen your breath.
Watch this quick video to view additional ways to include fresh ginger in your diet.
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(Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2018; 66 (29): 7740 DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.8b02772)