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Body odor typically occurs when sweat proteins on the skin surface are broken down by skin bacteria, which can release an odor. Adequate personal hygiene can usually keep this type of body odor under control (Pastor, Nurse Pract 2012). However, some people with adequate personal hygiene still experience persistent body odor. Body odor can be affected by other factors including diet, gender, genetics, and use of certain supplements and medications.

Sign in as a member for information about supplements that might help improve body odor in some people and learn about supplements or foods that might worsen body odor. Ingredients discussed include acetyl-L-carnitine, activated charcoal, champignon extract, choline, copper chlorophyllin, L-carnitine, N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), and garlic, as well as meat consumption. Also find out which prescription medications can cause body odor.

Be aware that body odor can also be a symptom of various diseases. For example, liver disease can cause an ammonia odor, and diabetic ketoacidosis can lead to fruit odor. Other conditions linked with body odor include Parkinson's disease, kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, menopause, gastrointestinal disorders, and many others (Pastor, Nurse Pract 2012). Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing noticeable body odor that is not controlled with adequate personal hygiene.

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