If you love blueberries, you are in luck! n, they protect your heart from damage. They owe that to deeply blue-colored antioxidants that give them their color, but also reduce inflammation, high blood pressure, and hardening of the arteries-all associated with cardiovascular diseases.

Pomegranates are so heart-healthy that the FDA approves that statement right on the label. They are not alone. There are strong indications that cherries lower blood pressure as effectively as some medications. One study found the higher the blood pressure,  been the more it dropped from eating beets. Any produce section offers garlic in easy reach. This herbal remedies has long been  touted as good for the heart and reducing cholesterol.

Tomatoes are a national favorite rich in an antioxidant called lycopene that has the news. Lycopene is what makes strawberries and watermelons so red and gives them similar heart-healthly properties.

PROSTATE HEALTH Men eating four to seven servings weekly of food containing cooked tomatoes have been found to be 20% less likely to develop prostate cancer. That can be a lot of spaghetti sauce to eat, so be creative by sneaking tomatoes into other recipes, like squash soup. The darker red the variety, the higher the antioxidant levels. The drawback for some is that eating tomatoes along with the other nightshade family foods (peppers, eggplant, and potatoes), inflames arthritis. Tomatoes are the best source of lycopene, which may ease the risk, of heart disease and cancer.

Happy Brain Next time parsley decorates your dinner plate, remember to eat it! It appears to boost brainpower by triggering and improving development of brain cells formation. It also strengthens connections between new neurons. This is due to apigenin, an antioxidant flavonoid in parsley. The antioxidant apigenin is also found in thyme, chamomile, and red chili peppers. Researchers say that any flavonoid-rich diet may strengthen the brain. They suspect that a concentrated version of apigenin may someday be developed into a drug to delay development of Schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

Bladder Boosters You may want to serve cranberries more often. Their claim to fame is discouraging bladder infection, especially those caused by the common E. coli. Cranberry was originally thought to simply maintain  the bladder’s natural acidity–something urinary bacteria hate. Now we know it actually stops bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall. Without that hold, the infection washes away. Granted, cranberries taste bitter, but go easy on sweetening them with sugar, which can encourage infection. Instead, pair cranberries with a sweeter fruit, like blueberries, which also happen to detor urinary tract infections.

Israeli researchers found that pomegranate not only aids the heart but it targets the bladder to reduce inflammation and infection. The American Society of Nephrology notes that it also helps kidneys by lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol. However, play it safe when dealing with the bladder infections. Be sure the kidneys are not involved by paying a visit to your physician.Either fresh or froze





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