December 2010

INFECTIONS

- Peppermint is high in essential oils, which are anti-viral and anti-bacterial, according to the Czech University of Life Sciences.

- Broccoli contains high levels of an antioxidant that helps reduce the risk of respiratory infections, according to the University of California.

LIVER FUNCTION

- Live bacteria in yoghurt reduces the effects of toxins in your liver, according to the journal Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology.

- Avocado is rich in vitamin E, which improves liver function, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.

MENTAL HEALTH

- Niacin-rich foods such as chicken protect against age-related cognitive decline, according to the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

- Eggs are a good source of vitamin D, which is essential for ‘mental agility,’ according to the University of Manchester.

VITAMIN C

- Getting your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C adds six years to our life, according to the University of California.

- Brussels sprouts helps improve metabolism due to its high vitamin C and protein levels, according to California State University.

EGGS

- Eating eggs for breakfast, as part of a reduced-calorie plan, helped menĀ  lose 65% more weight and feel more energetic than people who ate baked goods, according to the International Journal of Obesity.

- Eating three eggs a day will make you gain twice as much muscle as eating two eggs a day, according to Texas A&M University.

WEIGHT-LOSS

- Drinking just 500ml of water before bed increases metabolism by 30%, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology.

- High-fibre diets increase weight-loss, according to the National Public Health Institute in Helsinki.

- Soup reduces calorie intake by as much as 20% because it helps you feel fuller for longer, according to Pennsylvania State University.