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ironmanmagazine.comGarlic is known for its cardiovascular benefits, but according to the December ’12 Better Nutrition, recent research out of the University of Florida found that eating 2.56 grams daily can reduce the duration of a cold or flu by as much as 61 percent. Apparently, the pungent herb is an immunity booster.

Tomatoes may lower stroke risk, according to the December ’12 Bottom Line Health. After measuring antioxidant levels of more than 1,000 men aged 46 to 65 and tracking them for 12 months, researchers found that those with the highest levels of the antioxidant lycopene, which is found in tomatoes, were “59 percent less likely to suffer ischemic stroke than those with lower levels.”

Apples can help you burn more fat, according to the December ’12 Health. Scientist added ursolic acid, a nutrient found in apple peel, to the high-fat diets of mice, and the mice gained less weight. Lead research Christopher Adams, M.D., said it was because ursolic acid increases muscle and brown fat, both of which boost metabolism.

Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in red wine and grapes. According to new studies discussed in the November ’12 Prevention, supplementing with eight to 16 milligrams a day may reduce cardiovascular disease risk and improve heart and skeletal muscle function. Hmm, so red wine may help your workouts. Cheers!

—Becky Holman


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