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7212-eat3Tea has multiple health benefits, specifically the green variety, but chamomile may be best for cancer prevention. According to the October ’13 Prevention, new research in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that apigenin, a substance in chamomile, “attaches to key proteins and helps reprogram cancer cells so they lose the power to prevent their own death.”

Vitamin and mineral supplementation can improve mood, according to the May/June ’13 Life Extension. A meta-analysis published in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine found that supplemented subjects had a 65 percent lower risk of perceived stress than those who got a placebo. They also had a 70 percent lower risk of mild psychiatric symptoms and a 73 percent reduction in fatigue.

Broccoli is one of the best cancer-fighting veggies around—but go for fresh over frozen. According to the October ’13 Prevention, frozen broccoli lacks the enzyme myrosinase, “which helps create an antioxidant that fights inflammation and cancer.”

Nuts may help fend of diabetes due to their high fiber, fat and protein contents. According to the November ’12 Bottom Line Health, a study found that subjects who ate a one-ounce serving of nuts at least five times a week were almost 30 percent less likely to develop diabetes than those who rarely or never ate nuts.

—Becky Holman


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