“These little seeds reduce blood sugar levels, improve insulin sensitivity, and have been found to protect against breast cancer,” says White. Research published in the International Journal of Cancer suggests that the compounds contained in flaxseed may be behind the seeds’ protective effect. Use these little guys as a staple breakfast ingredient, like in this Strawberry Banana and Flax Smoothie.
Coffee really does get your brain going, says White, noting that a blend of caffeine and antioxidants may be to thank. So strong are the anti-inflammatory compounds in coffee that research published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that when patients with memory problems drink three cups of coffee per day, they delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by an average of two to four years. Basically, with that and all the other health benefits of coffee, you can feel better about your daily java habit.