6 Surprising Benefits of Garlic

Garlic does more than just invigorate your palate, it’s also a smelly superfood health aid. The spice is a highly nutritious vegetable with very few calories, containing trace amounts of other nutrients that contribute to its universal status of a powerful, beneficial healer. The natural medicinal ingredient, both as a fresh plant and supplement, can strengthen immune function and boost overall well-being.

Whether you take your garlic powdered, salted, or minced or in supplement form, you can reap the surprising benefits of this multipurpose herb for optimal health.

1. Garlic clears acne
It might not be a main ingredient in your drugstore acne medication, but garlic makes a great natural remedy to banish unsightly blemishes. Its antioxidants kill bacteria, so rub a sliced clove of garlic on the pimple for an effective topical treatment.

2. Prevents and treats colds
Packed with antioxidants, your immune system could benefit if you give it a constant boost of powerful garlic in daily recipes. If a cold does sneak by, try sipping garlic tea: steep chopped or minced garlic in hot water for several minutes, then strain and drink. You can add a bit of honey or ginger to improve the taste.

3. Control your weight
Garlic could help you control your weight, according to nutritionist Cynthia Sass, who cites a study that showed mice eating a garlic-rich diet reduced their weight and fat stores. Try to cook with garlic daily for tasty and waist friendly meals.

4. Treat athlete’s foot
With its anti-fungal properties, garlic could be a good way to get rid of itchy athlete’s foot. Soak your feet in a bath of warm water and crushed garlic.

5. Keeps away mosquitoes
Scientists aren’t sure why, but mosquitoes don’t seem to like garlic. One study in India found that people who rubbed a garlicky concoction on their arms and legs weren’t bothered by the pesky buggers. Make a solution of garlic oil, petroleum jelly, and beeswax for a natural repellant or place cloves of garlic nearby

6. Treats cold sores
Popular cold sore home remedy involves holding a bit of crushed garlic directly on the cold sore; its natural anti-inflammatory properties could help reduce pain and swelling. Garlic supplements may also speed up the healing process

-Readers digest

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Studies have confirmed this for more than two decades, but early childhood development has taken a long time to make its way onto government agendas.

“We’ve realised the need to simplify the message: the brain needs ‘food’ like the body needs food for best development,” said Sonja Giese, founding director of the Innovation Edge, a fund aimed at transforming early learning access and quality.


Japanese man sues Women’s University over rejection of application

A young Japanese man who was rejected by an all-women university where he wanted to study nutrition is suing the college over gender discrimination, reports said on Wednesday.

In what is believed to be the first case in Japan challenging the constitutionality of a publicly-run women’s university, the man is seeking a ruling that would allow him to take an entrance exam at Fukuoka Women’s University, the Asahi Shimbun reported.

“Not allowing men to take the exam violates Article 14 of the constitution which proclaims equality before the law,” said the man, who was not identified in the report.