Fruits and Veggies: What They Do For You

Research and studies are being conducted daily, all around the world, to find out whats best for the human body. I love reading these studies and implementing them into my life. Please add to my list your favorite new found food and what it does for you.

Veggies – A new study released in the United States Agriculture Research Service reports that, as people age, plant foods help preserve muscle mass. Vegetables in contrast to meat, counteract acidosis in the body, a condition that may break down muscles.

Blueberries – A research team from the University of Reading and the Peninsula Medical School in SW England report that blueberries may hold the key to enhanced brain function. The flavonoids in blueberries, particularly anthocyanins and flavanols, have been shown to cross the blood-brain barrier and directly affect learning and memory, by enhancing neuron connections in the brain. Previous research has shown that eating blueberries may benefit memory, but this latest study shows the mechanism by which this favorite food keeps our brains sharp.

Red Cabbage – This veggie is rich in plant pigments called anthocyanins, which according to emerging evidence, may provide cancer protection, improve brain function and promote heart health. Recipes at Cooks.com.

Cherries – In laboratory rats, mixing whole tart cherry powder into animals diet led to less weight gain and a reduction of inflammation. Researches at the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center explain that inflammation is a common indicator or heart disease and diabetes. A pilot study to determine the effects of tart cherries in human diet is underway.

Tomatoes – In a recent study, presented by the British Society for Investigative Dermatology, found that adding five tablespoons of tomato paste to the daily diet of 10 volunteers improved the skin’s ability to protect against harmful UV rays. After three months, skin samples showed 33% more protection against sunburn. For the complete story visit Tomato dishes may protect skin at BBC News.

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