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its moment in the sun at the Delray 2015 Delray Beach Garlic Fest. Beach Garlic Fest, taking place January 29-31 in downtown Delray Beach. Now in its seventeenth year, the festival celebrates garlic’s culinary possibilities with a chef cooking competition and an array of garlic-centric dishes and products. The festival also highlights the health benefits of its namesake ingredient—and there are quite a few. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, garlic is rich in antioxidants, and consuming it regularly can maintain heart health by slowing down atherosclerosis—the hardening of the arteries—and lowering blood pressure by 5-8 percent. A natural blood thinner, it may aid in preventing heart attacks and stroke as well. Studies also show garlic’s antibacterial qualities can strengthen the immune system and ward off the common cold. And, as outlined by the National Cancer Institute, there is a notable association between increased garlic intake and a reduced risk of certain types of cancers such as stomach, colon, esophageal, pancreatic, and breast. To get the most out of every clove, consume fresh garlic because the benefits wear off with age. Also, chopping and mincing activates allicin, the compound that lends garlic its pungent smell and many of its healthy components. These benefits all lead rg to one conclusion: The health benefits of garlic are as strong as its infamous scent. y Pa pp Pho (561-279-0907, —E.C. tography

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On January 9, commune with wildlife while completing some cardio at the Palm Beach Zoo’s third annual Save the Panther 5k. Participants will race past some of the zoo’s top attractions like Tiger River, Siamang Island, and the wallaby viewing station. The race is part of the zoo’s three-run Big Cat Race Series—which also includes the Save the Tiger 5k on May 14 and the Save the Jaguar 5k on September 3—and net proceeds go toward field projects that work to save these amazing creatures and their habitats. (561-547-9453, palmbeach —M.M.

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