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Red Grapes for Your Heart
A study at the University of Michigan found that red grapes—rich in antioxidants and flavonoids—might reduce heart damage. "Grapes contain phenol compounds, including resveratrol and quercetin, which reduce inflammation and promote a healthy heart," says Keri Glassman, R.D., author of The 02 Diet.
Almonds for Your Cholesterol
These heart-healthy nuts are packed with protein, calcium and vitamin E, plus the monosaturated fats help control cholesterol levels. Not only do almonds leave us with a sense of satiety, but they are full of amino acids, which aid in reducing blood pressure. As with most nuts, they are high in calories, so stick to small servings.
Carrots for Your Eyes
This highly pigmented vegetable is jam-packed with beta-carotene, which your body converts to vitamin A—lack of this nutrient can hinder your vision. Carrots are also rich in antioxidants and can help reduce the risk of developing cataracts.
Cinnamon for Your Digestion
This aromatic spice is commonly used to help the body absorb certain dairy products, but there is also evidence to suggest that it contains disease-fighting properties. A study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland found that cinnamon decreased the production of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells. The spice is also believed to be a useful tool for people living with diabetes. Cinnamon has been known to aid with digestion and stimulate circulation, leading to possible reduced blood sugar levels, which is especially helpful in type 2 diabetes management.
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