How to get rid of garlic breath? I'll tell you what to do before, during and after meals.

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Last updated August 21, 2023


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How to get rid of garlic breath

Garlic Halitosis

How to get rid of garlic breath,Consuming foods and drinks before, during, and after meals that help to eliminate garlic odor, and brushing teeth and other oral care after meals are effectiveIt is.

Garlic halitosis is caused by garlic scraps and odor components left in the mouth and garlic odor components absorbed into the bloodstream through digestion.

If you want to get rid of garlic breath as quickly as possible, it is recommended that you take action before eating garlic.

Garlic breath freshener before meals

Two of the most effective pre-meal garlic breath fresheners are

  • (cow's) milk
  • Tea containing catechins
    • green tea
    • oolong tea
    • Jasmine tea, etc.

(cow's) milk

The proteins in milk have the ability to adsorb the odor components of garlic.

In addition, the fat content of milk has the property of changing the volatile and odorous garlic component to a non-volatile state.

By this,It is expected to reduce both the garlic odor that lingers in the mouth and the garlic odor that mixes with the breath.

Tea containing catechins

For catechins,It is highly bactericidal and deodorizing, and reduces garlic odor.

Green tea, oolong tea, and jasmine tea, which are high in catechins, are recommended.

Dark tea, or tea made from tea leaves, contains more catechins, which are also more effective in reducing garlic odor.

Garlic breath freshener during meals

The following foods and drinks are recommended to be consumed with garlic during meals

  • cheese
  • coffee
  • Tea containing catechins
    • green tea
    • oolong tea
    • Jasmine tea, etc.


The proteins in cheese include,It helps reduce the smell of garlic.

It is also good with garlic dishes and should be eaten during meals.


Coffee contains tannins and furfuryl groups, which have deodorant properties.

In addition, chlorogenic acid and polyphenols areChanges the odor component of garlic into a non-smelly componentand therefore reduces the smell of garlic when drunk during a meal.

Tea containing catechins

Teas with catechins such as green tea, oolong tea, and jasmine teato drink with garlic dishes,Effective in preventing bad breath after eatingIt is.

Garlic breath after eating

After a meal, the following foods should be consumed

  • Fruits containing polyphenols
    • apple (fruit)
    • blueberry
    • lemon
    • Kiwi, etc.
  • chocolate
  • herbs
    • parsley (Petroselinum crispum)
    • basil
    • mint
    • Sage, etc.
  • Tea containing catechins
    • green tea
    • oolong tea
    • Jasmine tea, etc.
  • champignon extract

Also,Brush teeth or gargle with mouthwash after eatingThis will remove the garlic odor left in the mouth.

Fruits containing polyphenols

Foods containing polyphenols can help reduce the smell of garlic.

  • apple (fruit)
  • blueberry
  • lemon
  • Kiwi, etc.

These fruits are rich in polyphenols and are a major garlic breath freshener.

Polyphenols are abundant around the skin. Therefore, if you can eat something with the skin, such as an apple, it is recommended to consume it with the skin.

100% juice can also be used to reduce garlic breath.


Chocolate also contains polyphenols.Therefore, it has the ability to reduce garlic odor.

It is easily available at convenience stores and is recommended as an after-dinner dessert.


Herbs such as parsley, basil, mint, and sage also contain polyphenols andand relieves the smell of garlic.

You can eat parsley as an accompaniment or take it with herbal tea.

Tea containing catechins

Teas with catechins such as green tea, oolong tea, and jasmine teais effective in reducing garlic odor when taken after a meal.

champignon extract

If champignon extract is taken after a meal,It is expected to reduce garlic odor from bad breath and body odor.

Champignon extract is a natural deodorant extracted from mushrooms.

It contains amino acids and flavonoids that prevent the odorant components of garlic breath from being absorbed from the intestines into the blood.


If you want to take Champignon Extract,Supplements, drinks, and other healthy foods are recommended.It is!

brush one's teeth

If garlic scraps or smelly ingredients remain in the mouth, they cause bad breath.

Brushing your teeth as soon as possible after eating will help reduce the garlic odor.

If brushing is not possible, mouthwash is an effective odor eliminator.

Why does eating garlic give me bad breath?

Garlic Halitosis

Garlic contains an ingredient called "alliin.

Alliin is a non-smelly ingredient, though,When cut or crushed, various chemical reactions occur, producing garlic's characteristic bad breath and body odor.

How long does garlic breath last?

Garlic Halitosis

There are two types of garlic breath, with different odor durations.

  • Due to garlic scraps or smelly ingredients left in the mouth →.Approx. 3 hours after meal
  • The garlic smell is a mixture of garlic and garlic odor in the breath during the garlic digestion process.About 16 hours.(*)

Those caused by garlic scraps or smelly ingredients left in the mouth last for about 3 hours after eating.

In this case,Brushing the teeth to remove garlic scum and odor components will subside relatively quickly.

More than three hours after a meal, the ingested garlic is digested, causing the garlic odor to mix with the blood.

When the bloodstream absorbs the garlic odor component, the breath when breathed in, rather than the mouth, becomes foul smelling.

Metabolism can cause the garlic to smell until the odorant component of garlic is eliminated from the body,If you eat a tablespoon of garlic, you may smell it for about 16 hours.(*)

*There are individual differences depending on the body's metabolic functions.


Garlic Halitosis

How to get rid of garlic breath,It is recommended to devise foods and drinks to consume with garlicIt is.

Also, brush your teeth as soon as possible after eating to remove garlic scraps and odor-causing ingredients.

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