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Walnuts are tops in the nutty kingdom. They provide almost twice the antioxidants of other common nuts and have been shown to significantly curb inflammation.

Potassium helps fend off muscle cramps, and most people know that bananas are rich in that mineral. Other good sources include sweet potatoes and tomato paste, as well as lowfat dairy foods.

Broccoli is good for your joints. Researchers in England found that sulforaphane in the vegetable can block enzymes that cause joint deterioration. According to the March/April ’11 Well-Being Journal, sulforaphane may also suppress tumors.

Tuna too often may be hazardous to your health. According to the June ’11 Bottom Line Health, researchers measured mercury levels in 300 samples taken from three best-selling brands, and 55 percent exceeded amounts declared safe by the EPA; however, “light” tuna contained three times less than albacore, or “white” tuna.

Blueberries can stop inflammation in your gut and cure a stomach ache, especially if paired with yogurt, according to the December ’10 Better Nutrition. An ’09 issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology suggests that the fiber in the fruit helps the probiotics in the yogurt survive through your digestive tract so your intestines are better protected.

—Becky Holman



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