A lot of people work for You, Inc. There’s your doctor (Chief Operations Officer); your dentist (Vice President of Hardware Maintenance); the trainer at the gym (Director of Development); and, of course, you have Eat This, Not That! as your 24/7 on-call consultants.
But as the saying goes, if you want a job done right, do it yourself. To unleash your own inner Marissa Mayer—to take the reins of You, Inc. and drive it to optimal long-term health—start with your primary source of good health: your food. Every trip to the grocery store is an opportunity to hire smartly—to bring in the right resources based on your individual needs. Here, the team at Eat This, Not That! magazine has done the groundwork for you, sourcing the very best foods for every health issue. Deploy these superstars as you see fit—and watch your health profits grow.
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Eat This, Not That! #1 Vision Preserver
<strong>Cooked Kale or Spinach</strong>
The National Institutes of Health found that people who consume the most lutein—found most potently in leafy greens— are 43 percent less likely to develop macular degeneration. The lutein becomes more easily absorbed if you cook the greens beforehand.
Eat This, Not That! #1 Cavity Stopper
<strong>Parmigiano and Asiago Cheese</strong>
Finish your meals with a hard cheese to ward off cavities. Since it’s so chewy it increase saliva flow, which wards off cavities. Plus, cheese contains calcium and casein, both of which protect against demineralization. For more ways to enjoy big, bold flavors, Burn Flab with These 8 Fatty Foods That Make You Skinny.
Eat This, Not That! #1 Brain Power Booster
If you typically forget the name of someone you’ve just met, add some broccoli to your plate. It’s one of the best dietary sources of vitamin K, which can improve your ability to absorb and remember verbal instructions.
Eat This, Not That! #1 Age Eraser
Oxidative stress plays a major role in aging, and an antioxidant in red wine called resveratrol may help extend life by neutralizing disease-causing free radicals. Pinot Noirs from smaller wineries pack the most resveratrol per glass. (Huge wineries tend to alter the wine out to save aging time, which reduces resveratrol.) Evening Land Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and Adelsheim’s variety both fit the bill.
Eat This, Not That! #1 Prostate Protector
Prostate cancer is a leading cause of death among American men. Phytochemicals found in allium vegetables like garlic, leeks, chives, and shallots have been shown to reduce risk of prostate cancer by up to 50 percent by boosting immunity and inhibiting cancerous cell growth. In one study, participants who ate at least 10.0 grams (just under a tablespoon) of the vegetables per day had the lowest risk of developing the disease.
Eat This, Not That! #1 Hair Rejuvenator
A 2013 study found that those with female and male pattern hair loss have lower levels of iron than people will flowing locks. The study reveals that increasing iron intake can not only ward off hair loss but also prevent it from worsening. One cup of spinach offers 6.4 milligrams of the mineral—more than 30% of the day’s recommended intake— and will only add 40 calories to your plate.
Eat This, Not That! #1 Bone Protector
Shrimp is high in vitamin B12, which aids bone density and is crucial in the generation of new cells. It is also a good source of vitamin D, an essential ingredient for bone strength, and one of the best seafood sources of calcium.