You Can Cure What with Food?

Posted 07/16/2013 | By HealthCorps

Well, maybe not cure, but you can certainly impact certain health challenges by eating choice foods on a regular basis.

Struggling with insomnia?  Try tart cherries, rich in melatonin.  A cup of unsweetened juice an hour before bedtime or a handful of the cherries may help encourage sleepiness.

Struggling with high cholesterol?  Oats can help by lowering LDL, the so-called bad cholesterol, but Benecol spread with a high concentration of plant phytosterols, can lower LDL even more significantly.  Follow the package directions.  Avocadoes can help to increase HDL, the good cholesterol – just beware its high calorie count due to its high fat, albeit healthy fat content.

Want to lower your overall risk of cancer?  Eat black beans which are high in anthocyanins and triterpenoids, compounds that reduce cell-damaging inflammation and that may help to cause destruction of abnormal cells.  How much do you need to eat?  Experts recommend about 3 cups per week.

Suffering with mild memory loss?  Make sure you are drinking enough water and consider adding blueberries to your weekly diet.  Just one cup twice a week may help thanks to flavonoids and other antioxidants that help to reduce inflammation.  Inflammation in the brain can lead to memory decline.

Have a family history of gum disease?  It certainly runs in families, so consider adding kefir, a fermented milk high in calcium and lactobacillus, a probiotic that secretes hydrogen peroxide.  Hydrogen peroxide is a substance that can kill the bacteria that cause gum disease.

(Sourced from: The Bottom Line, Volume 24, #11, June 2013)

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