15 Foods That Cure

We received a newsletter today from our friends at Men's Health as part of their Eat This, Not That series. This is a great series and we highly recommend you sign up for their daily newsletter - it's chock-full of interesting and important information. Like today's topic: 15 Foods That Cure. Found it so full of good info that we had to share!

Food can be the right cure for all your ills. And it’s cheaper and more effective than seeing the doctor, or popping a bunch of pills, or calling your no-good cousin with the shady connections. See, our bodies and how we feel are nothing more than a reflection of the various chemicals that flow through our system on a daily basis. When those chemicals are the healthy kind you get from the right mix of fruits and vegetables, proteins and fats, you’ll feel healthier, more energetic, and happier than you have in years. Start by adding these 15 foods to your repertoire.

  1. Best Anti-Aging Elixir: Red Wine

    Oxidative stress plays a major role in aging, and an antioxidant in red wine called resveratrol may help extend life by neutralizing disease-causing free radicals. Pop a Pinot Noir: It packs the most resveratrol per glass.

  2. Best Blood Pressure Reducer: Baked Potato

    Besides the obvious factors—obesity, high salt intake—diets containing too little potassium are the primary cause of hypertension. Fight back with a baked potato.

  3. Best Blood Sugar Stabilizer: Raspberries

    Raspberries contain anthocyanins, which boost insulin production and lower blood sugar levels, providing a strong defense against diabetes.

  4. Best Bone Protector: Shrimp

    Shrimp is high in vitamin B-12, which aids bone density, is crucial in the generation of new cells, and is a good source of vitamin D, an essential ingredient for bone strength.

  5. Best Brain Booster: Coffee

    Beyond boosting altertness for up to 90 minutes, that morning cup is the number-one source of antioxidants in the American diet and can help decrease your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by as much as 60 percent.

  6. Best Breast Cancer Beater: Whole-Grain Cereal

    Women getting at least 30 grams of fiber daily are half as likely to develop breast cancer, according to research. A bowl of Fiber One with blueberries will get you halfway there.

  7. Best Cavity Killer: Monterey Jack Cheese

    Researchers found that eating less than a quarter ounce of Jack, Cheddar, Gouda, or mozzarella cheese will boost pH levels to protect your pearly whites from cavities.

  8. Best Cholesterol Reducer: Olive Oil

    Antioxidants found in olives have been shown both to raise HDL (good) cholesterol and lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, making olive oil a doubly potent protector against cardiovascular disease.

  9. Best Colon Cancer Guard: Green or White Tea

    Drinking just one cup of tea a day may cut your risk of colon cancer in half. Antioxidants in the tea, called catechins, inhibit the growth of cancer cells, found researchers at Oregon State.

  10. Best Hair Rejuvenator: Beef

    Iron in the meat stimulates hair turnover and replenishment. Beef is also rich in zinc, which helps guard against hair loss.

  11. Best Heart Protector: Salmon

    A diet of heart-healthy fats, like those found in salmon and olive oil, raises good HDL cholesterol levels. And salmon contains a huge dose of omega-3 fatty acids, which can ward off heart disease.

  12. Best Lung Cancer Fighter: Grapefruit

    A grapefruit a day can reduce your risk of developing lung cancer by up to 50 percent. Grapefruit contains naringin, which may help lower levels of cancer-causing enzymes.

  13. Best Skin Saver: Carrots

    National Cancer Institute researchers found that people with the highest intake of carotenoids—pigments that occur naturally in carrots—were six times less likely to develop skin cancer than those with the lowest intakes.

  14. Best Vision Defender: Spinach or Romaine Lettuce

    The National Institutes of Health found that people who consume the most lutein—found in leafy greens—are 43 percent less likely to develop macular degeneration.

The good news for me is that I'm going to live long, have healthy bones and be very, very alert! On the downside ... I'm probably going to lose my hair!!

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Vicki said...

Well it looks like I'll live almost forever, except I have to replace grapefruit with oranges, which have less naringin. But at least I can actually eat an orange without cringing!

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