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Vitamin D appears to help prevent diabetes. A study showed that subjects who got more than 800 international units of vitamin D per day were about one-third less likely to get the dread disease.

Peppers can help you lose weight. A study found that subjects who took a supplement containing dihydrocapsiate, a compound in peppers, burned up to 160 more calories a day than those who got a placebo. Eat sweet chili peppers, use chili seasoning or look for DCT supplements.

Magnesium deficiency can cause overly stinky sweat. If you get extremely funky after a workout, try a magnesium supplement. Note that sugar, alcohol and stress can deplete magnesium.

Coconut water is becoming popular as a hangover cure, according to Time magazine. There isn’t any research backing the claim, but the water does contain five key electrolytes that could help the postparty condition.

Multivitamins may protect against DNA damage that accelerates aging. The reason is that they delay the shortening of telomeres that cap the ends of DNA molecules, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

L-carnitine can help you burn fat, improve brain function, lessen fatigue and build muscle. Researchers found all of those benefits after 66 senior citizens supplemented with two grams of L-carnitine for six months.

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