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•B-vitamins may improve memory. Researchers gave mice with dementia nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3, and the animals performed memory tests as though they’d never had the disease.

•Coffee and stress don’t mix. A study at the University of Oklahoma found that drinking about three cups of coffee during stressful times raised muscle-eating cortisol by 25 percent. Meanwhile, a study of data for more than 120,000 healthy middle-aged men and women who were tracked for 18 to 24 years found that two to three cups of caffeinated coffee a day lowered the rate of death from all causes by 18 percent, as compared to those who did not drink coffee. Drink it—just not when you’re stressed.

•Water before your workout is a must. Researchers found that weight trainees who were dehydrated completed three to five fewer reps per set.

•Eat more slowly to get lean faster. A survey of 3,000 men and women found that those who ate quickly were three times more likely to be overweight than those who ate more slowly. Fast eating doesn’t let the body register a feeling of fullness till it’s too late.

•Aspirin can prevent and treat liver damage. If you use oral anabolic steroids or frequently drink alcohol, aspirin may help detoxify your liver.

—Becky Holman

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