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Add These Disease-Fighting Foods to Your Diet to Live a Longer Life

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> Helps fight or reduce the risk of: Breast cancer

Flaxseed is also classified as an omega-3 fatty acid. Several studies have indicated consuming 25 grams of flaxseed daily can inhibit breast cancer tumor growth. However, other researchers say more research is needed to determine if flaxseed is effective in treatment of the cancer. What is known is that flaxseed can reduce estrogen production, which may reduce the risk of breast cancer. Flaxseed can also boost the effects of tamoxifen, a drug prescribed to prevent breast cancer recurrence.

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> Helps fight or reduce the risk of: Stress

Looking for a way to lower stress? Instead of meditation or yoga, try some garlic. Studies have found garlic extract contains antidepressant properties, mostly because it lowers the stress-related hormone, cortisol, in the body.

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Grapeseed oil
> Helps fight or reduce the risk of: Alzheimer’s disease

A 2018 study published in the Journal of Neuroscience concluded that grapeseed oil reduced plaque formation in the brain of mice. The plaque is associated with the cognitive declines in Alzheimer’s disease patients. The specific compound in grape seed extract said to reduce plaque formation is polyphenol, which is also found in tea, wine, and cocoa.

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Green tea
> Helps fight or reduce the risk of: Inflammation, hypertension

This is a beverage that’s rich in healthy antioxidants, Gorin says. It helps improve blood circulation, lowers bad cholesterol, and prevents high blood pressure. Additionally, green tea may help with weight loss by helping to boost metabolism, she added. “And when you drink unsweetened green tea as a replacement for sugary beverages, this can help with both weight loss and hydration.”

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Kiwi fruit
> Helps fight or reduce the risk of: Cholesterol

Research has shown that kiwis help improve a person’s digestive, immune, and metabolic health. They are also rich in vitamin C. According to one study, the consumption of at least one kiwi a week helps lower LDL “bad” cholesterol and increase HDL “good” cholesterol levels. A separate study has suggested that eating kiwi, which contains serotonin, a hormone that plays a role in sleep regulation, may be beneficial for people with sleep disorders.

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