6 Foods That May Help You Live Stronger -- and Maybe Even Longer
Cherries -- A 2012 study showed that people with gout who consumed cherry extract had a 35 percent lower risk of gout attacks compared with people who did not. And in a 2013 study by the Osteoarthritis Research Society, people with osteoarthritis who drank 16 ounces of tart cherry juice every day for six weeks felt less pain and stiffness. Cherries also contain anthocyanins, which may protect the heart, control obesity and reduce the risk of diabetes, according to the American Society for Nutrition.
Onions -- Inside an onion's layers lies a dense package of antioxidants and nutrients that can help prevent -- and heal. A 2015 study showed that onion skin extract, which is a good source of the antioxidant quercetin, helped lower blood pressure. Onions are also packed with the antioxidant vitamin C.
Beans -- Beans are brimming with heart-healthy nutrients. Beans may also help reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes and control blood sugar levels because of their high fiber content, according to the Mayo Clinic. A cup of kidney beans offers 13 grams of protein, as much as 2 ounces of chicken breast, and a whopping 11 grams of fiber.
Carrots -- Carrots are rich in vitamin A -- a half cup of raw carrot has 459 micrograms of the vitamin. For those aged 14 and older, the recommended daily amount is 700 - 900 mcg, according to the National Institutes of Health. Vitamin A helps keep your eyes healthy and may lower the risk of cancer, says the NIH. Carrots also contain vitamin K. This vitamin helps maintain strong bones to help reduce the risk of osteoporosis. A 2014 study also found that eating vegetables such as carrots may protect people from colorectal cancer, thanks to an antioxidant in these foods.
Cabbage -- Cabbage makes a fabulous base for recipes such as coleslaw and sauerkraut. Like its cousins broccoli and Brussels sprouts, cabbage offers anti-cancer compounds, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. Red cabbage also contains anthocyanins, the flavonol that can keep your heart, liver and eyes healthy. In sauerkraut, fermented cabbage is used as the base. A 2014 article reports that such fermented foods may help improve your gut health and alleviate mood disorders. Load up your plate!