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A couple of good foods to eat…

Cinnamon Extracts May Reduce Risk of Diabetes and Heart Disease, Study Suggests — Science Daily

A study led by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) chemist Richard Anderson suggests that a water soluble extract of cinnamon, which contains antioxidative compounds, could help reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and heart disease.

Don’t know the particulars but I know that plain old ground cinnamon has been used in natural medicine for controlling blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. I have a friend who successfully used it and diet to control his diabetes. No medications necessary.

Eating Berries May Activate the Brain’s Natural Housekeeper for Healthy Aging — Science Daily

Scientists have reported the first evidence that eating blueberries, strawberries, and acai berries may help the aging brain stay healthy in a crucial but previously unrecognized way. Their study, presented at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), concluded that berries, and possibly walnuts, activate the brain’s natural “housekeeper” mechanism, which cleans up and recycles toxic proteins linked to age-related memory loss and other mental decline.

Berries are one of many anti-inflammatory foods. A diet high in anti-inflammatory foods is good for all sorts of things. I’ve found that my withdrawal pain is greatly minimized when I eat lots of anti-inflammatory foods. Here is a list of some of them.

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