1. Cut your risk of death by 30 percent

    The anti-aging diet

    It's the simplest way to live a little longer: eat a little fruit, and drink a little tea.

    Fruits and teas -- as well as some nuts, legumes and vegetables -- are nature's best source of life-giving polyphenols, nutrients essential to fighting disease and staying alive.

    And if you make sure you have plenty of polyphenols in your own diet, you could slash your risk of a premature death by 30 percent, according to a new study of more than 800 seniors tracked for up to 12 years.

    There are plenty of reasons for this, since there are hundreds of polyphenols and they work to help your body in so many different ways.

    But for the most part, they all have one thing in common: They can fight off oxidative stress and inflammation, two of the biggest risk factors for the diseases of aging.

    And some of them even have the power to ward off cancer.

    Now, many studies on the benefits of certain foods and the nutrients found in them rely on memory and best-guess estimates to figure out who's eating what and how much.

    As you can imagine, it's not the most reliable way to conduct research -- and that's what makes this new study so remarkable, because it didn't rely on memory and best-guess estimates.

    The researchers used a urine test, so they know exactly how many polyphenols the volunteers were eating each day -- and thanks to those measurements, I can give you an exact number for cheating death: 650 milligrams.

    Make sure you get at least 650 milligrams of polyphenols each day, and you could enjoy that same 30 percent reduction in the risk of an early death.

    Of course, the big problem here is that most people don't know how much they're getting -- or whether or not they're getting the right polyphenols in the right amounts.

    And in some cases, it's impossible to get the right amounts from diet alone. Some of the most promising studies on resveratrol, for example, use 100-200 times the amounts you'll find in food.

    That's why along with a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, I recommend making sure you take a quality antioxidant supplement from a maker you trust -- ideally one with both resveratrol and grape seed extract.

  2. Could an apple a day drive LDL cholesterol down?

    One fruit slashes your LDL cholesterol fast

    Next time you head to the store to pick up your cholesterol meds you might want to reach for some apples too.

    It turns out that an apple a day could be the key to keeping the statins at bay.

    According to research, apples are a natural cholesterol regulator fighting LDL cholesterol levels. And we're not talking a small reduction here. Heck, I wouldn't even call it a modest one. One study finds an apple habit could slash your LDL cholesterol levels by a stunning 40 percent in just 30 days!

    Given the choice between a juicy delicious apple or a heavy duty statin whose side effects could include kidney damage, liver damage, and serious muscle pain I sure know which one I would choose, but what about you?

    I'd call that the very definition of a no-brainer.

    And, as if a 40 percent drop in LDL cholesterol wasn't impressive enough, this super fruit has even more to offer. Statins are linked with diabetes, but people who indulge in apples have a lower risk of the disease.

    Just be sure your heading to the produce aisle and not the supplement aisle... this time it's the whole food that's going to give you the most benefits.

    Volunteers who received the polyphenols from apples in the form of a supplement didn't see quite as dramatic results. Although their LDL cholesterol levels did dip they couldn't compete with the apple-eaters results.

    If you choose dried instead of fresh apples you can expect to see your cholesterol levels drop too. But according to another study the reduction is likely to be a bit slower and bit less impressive... around 24 percent in half a year.

    To get all the juicy details on that study click here to read the free report in my House Calls archives.

    Oh, and don't forget, when it comes to apples, organic is really the only way to go. Conventional apples are swimming in pesticides.

  3. Apples can slash LDL cholesterol

    An apple a day can keep the statins away, as new research finds the fruit can actually cut levels of LDL cholesterol by up to 40 percent in just 30 days.
  4. Alcohol can cancel out wine's heart benefits

    The best way to get the supposed benefits of wine is to skip the alcohol and go right to the polyphenols.
  5. Two easy tricks that can lower your BP

    When it comes to blood pressure, it seems like the mainstream has just two answers: a low-salt diet and meds. And both of them are bad ideas.
  6. Get wine benefits from your wine

    One of the best things about enjoying the health benefits of red wine is the wine itself. So naturally, some researchers are trying to spoil the party -- because a new study looks at the benefits of the polyphenols in red wine... when taken without the actual wine.
  7. Red wine: exercise in a glass

    You might think the only "exercise" you'll get from drinking wine comes from lifting the glass -- or maybe struggling to open the bottle. But it turns out resveratrol, the famous "red wine antioxidant," can actually trick the body into thinking it's getting some actual exercise -- giving you a big-time metabolic boost with every little sip.
  8. Wine may fight cavities

    The polyphenols in red wine can actually slow or stop the process that leads to tooth decay.
  9. Green tea repairs DNA damage

    Everyone knows green tea packs an unbeatable health punch-- and a new study shows why, because researchers say this great-tasting drink can actually undo genetic damage inside your body.

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