Peppermint tea can help treat irritable bowel syndrome. If you have an upset stomach, try a few cups to ease your pain, bloating and even diarrhea. You can also get peppermint in supplement form.
Blueberries have been thrust to the top of the best-fruits list because they are loaded with heart-healthy antioxidants. More good news: High doses of blueberry polyphenols produced a 73 percent decrease in fat cells in animals compared to those on normal diets.
Zinc appears to work to shorten colds by about two days. According to the May ’11 Reader’s Digest, an analysis of 15 studies shows it takes 30 to 160 milligrams and should be taken in lozenges or syrup within 24 hours of the start of symptoms.
Omega-3s found in fish oil have anti-inflammation properties, which may be the reason the essential fatty acids have been found to supercharge glucosamine’s joint-healing effects. In a United Kingdom study of 177 subjects, those using glucosamine supplements had less osteoarthritis pain when they were also using omega-3 supplements.
Honey can support digestive health. It appears to enhance the growth of the probiotic strain bifidobacteria. It’s also been linked to reduced homocystene and cholesterol.