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Garlic Booms on the Back of Flu Panic

During 2009, the price of the pungent plant shot up elevenfold, making some investors stinking rich. This was largely because it is popularly believed to cure swine flu. That’s rubbish, of course: although the vegetable does provide remarkable health benefits (lowering blood pressure, protecting against heart disease and perhaps preventing gastrointestinal cancer), it is useless against a virus.  

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