Whole Grains: Don’t like broccoli? Eat whole grains instead. University of Minnesota researchers have discovered that whole grains deliver an army of phytonutrients that do almost as much as fruits and vegetables.
Cherries: They’re an all-natural pain reliever that may even relieve the intense pain of gout (if you can eat a couple of dozen of them). Scientifically, cherries reduce C-reactive protein in the blood, which the body produces in response to acute inflammation, according to the Western Human Nutrition Research Center at Davis, Calif.
Yogurt: Those that contain “live” or “active” cultures help fight illness and disease. It is the most popular food containing probiotics. New studies found that yogurt greatly improves a person’s ability to fight off pneumonia.
Salmon: Eating salmon reduces blood pressure and cholesterol. Salmon helps prevent heart disease because of its healthy content of omega-3 fatty acids. Now researchers at the University of California report that a higher intake of omega-3s preserves bone density, keeping bones stronger. If you don’t like salmon, eat more tuna or sardines.
Cabbage: Cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage and broccoli have anti-cancer properties. But new studies show cabbage is in a class by itself. In addition to its tendency to protect against breast cancer, the sulforaphane in cabbage protects against lung, stomach, and colon cancers. Sulforaphane stimulates cells to eliminate cancerous substances. Eat cabbage by itself or add it to soups and salads.