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Red wine helps regulate blood sugar. Compounds in it bind to cellular receptors that control the sugar content of your blood. According to the April ’11 Bottom Line Health, only 2.5 ounces—about half a glass—has four times the cell-binding activity as rosiglitazone, a diabetes drug.

Fiber can help you live longer. According to the April ’11 Health, people who eat a lot of fiber have a lower risk of dying early “from any cause,” says a soon-to-be published study. Subjects who lived the longest ate 26 grams of fiber a day on average.

Broccoli, spinach and other green, leafy vegetables can lessen the risk of diabetes. According to the February ’11 Reader’s Digest, adding just one serving a day can cut risk by almost 15 percent.

Garlic may prevent osteoarthritis and ease joint pain. That’s according to an item in the March ’11 Bottom Line Health, which cited a study showing that older adults who had diets high in allium vegetables—garlic, onions and leeks—had significantly lower rates of osteoarthritis. The allium vegetables contain diallyl disulfide, which curbs cartilage-damaging enzymes.

White button mushrooms have been shown to boost the blood’s natural killer cells that attack cancers, according to a Journal of Nutrition study. Try putting them in your salad instead of high-cal cheese or other toppings.

—Becky Holman



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