Women: Bone up on tea
The isoflavonoids in tea may mimic the hormone estrogen, which can slow bone-mineral loss in post-menopausal women. The bones of regular tea drinkers were on average 5 percent stronger than the bones of non-tea drinkers, regardless of their smoking, milk drinking and other habits, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Oil down your blood pressure
The antioxidant polyphenols in olive oil may lower blood pressure. Italian researchers asked 23 people with high blood pressure to switch from a 34 percent fat diet to a 26 percent fat diet. Half of the patients focused on monounsaturated fats in extra virgin olive oil while the other half focused on polyunsaturated fats in sunflower oil. After a year, those who consumed more olive oil had lower resting blood pressures than those who consumed sunflower oil.
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