Here Are Some Stinky But Delicious Facts to Celebrate National Garlic Day

April 19th is National Garlic Day, when we celebrate the vegetable with an overpowering aroma and potent health benefits. Before adding some seasoning to your dishes, remember that your garlic breath comes from the plant's nickname, "the stinking rose."

After being planted in soil, garlic blossoms into a white bulb. The inside of the bulb contains sulfur compounds, which is how the herb gets its distinct smell. In its early history, Egyptians used to bow down and idolize garlic as a god, according to National Today. And now, food lovers use garlic to punch up flavors in bland dishes.

This writer also believes you need garlic for another particular purpose.This may not be textbook advice, but a person needs protection from the supernatural. The 1987 horror movie, The Lost Boys, taught me that a bathtub full of garlic will cause a burning effect on the vampire's skin.

Back in 2018, Dr. Simran Saini, a weight loss consultant, discussed with NDTV Food the benefits of garlic, "The high sulphur content in garlic gives it antibiotic properties, helping keep the digestive system clean by flushing out toxins. It also builds the immunity against common cold and prevents heart ailments by clearing up blocked arteries."

"It is great for rejuvenation and healing of skin scars and gives a glow to the skin as it keeps digestion in top-shape," added Saini.

If you have pizza nearby, make sure to sprinkle that slice with garlic. You will definitely thank me later after taking that delicious bite.

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Garlic bulbs are displayed at a central market in Tunis on March 12, 2020. - The price of garlic has skyrocketed in recent days in Tunisia as consumers rush to buy it in the hope that its antimicrobial properties will help to protect against coronavirus. FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty

Here are even more facts about everyone's favorite stinking rose:

10. Did you know people actually attend garlic festivals? Held at Gilroy, California, the Gilroy Garlic Festival has been postponed to July, due to to coronavirus concerns.

9. Garlic has a major dose of antioxidants that will help fight against acne, per Plymouth Rock. Garlic is actually better than popping that pimple on your face.

8. Garlic will help boost your sex life. The allicin in garlic will help stimulate blood flow to your sexual organs, per Reader's Digest.

7. If you rub crushed garlic around your scalp, this will prevent hair loss, per All4Women.

6. In order to get of that stinky garlic breath, it is recommended that you drink lemon juice, per Food and Wine.

5. Garlic has been used to treat warts and toothaches, per Reader's Digest.

4. Garlic was also known as "Russian Penicillin." During World War II, Russian soldiers wounded in battle were treated with garlic when antibiotics were running out, per Winchester Hospital.

3. Queen Elizabeth II has a major distaste for garlic cloves and has banned them from royal menus.

2. Adding garlic to your daily meals will help lower your cholesterol level and push down your risk with cardiovascular disease, per Health Grades.

1. Eating raw garlic cloves helps improve digestion and clear up issues with diarrhea, per My Republica.

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