Garlic has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. Most of its disease-fighting potential comes from its sulfur compounds, which act as antioxidants, providing many of its cardiovascular benefits. Just six or more cloves of garlic a week can slash your risk of colorectal, stomach, and prostate cancer in half compared to eating one clove a week or less. How much? Incorporate at least one garlic clove into your diet every day. Tip: Chop or crush your garlic, then let it stand for 10 minutes to fully release its healing potential. And try these tricks to banish garlic breath.
Press an olive and you get one of the healthiest fats in the world. The main benefit of olive oil is that it lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol and raises “good” HDL cholesterol, thanks to its monosaturated fats. Olive oil is also packed with antioxidants called phenols, which may protect artery walls from cholesterol buildup. How much? Include up to 1 tablespoon of olive oil in your diet every day. Tip: Look for “virgin,” “extra virgin,” or “cold-pressed” oils, which are extracted by pressing alone. Solvents and heat used to produce “light” or “extra-light” oils destroy antioxidants. Here’s how to use olive oil for healthier hair and skin.
Consider broccoli your Number One cancer-fighter, thanks to its sulfur compounds, such as sulforaphane, which you can smell as broccoli cooks. These compounds signal our genes to boost production of enzymes that detoxify potentially cancer-causing compounds. Eat more broccoli and you could slash your risk of everything from breast and lung cancer to
stomach and colon cancer. How much? A 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli is one fruit and vegetable serving. Tip: Steam broccoli for three to four minutes until it’s crisp-tender to free up more of its sulforaphane. You can help prevent cancer with these 30 simple tips.