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Medical Edge: Dynamic duo foods

Updated: Thursday, December 18 2014, 01:22 PM EST
CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- If people want to preserve the health benefits of summer fruits and vegetables they might need to can or freeze a few foods this time of year.

But they also might want to get a few 'dynamic duo's' as well.  In just about any market right now people can pick up perfect peaches, baskets of blueberries, and crunchy corn on the cob.  But they better hurry!

Mike Madison of Madison's at Findlay Market said, "Probably within the next couple of weeks, all of those things will be disappearing quickly.  So you need to eat up all you can, can what you can,  freeze what you can because it's gonna be gone very soon."

Canning and freezing fruits and vegetables is a great way to get extra goodness into your body all year.  Anita Carroll has been doing this with a few of her favorite foods.

Anita said, "Tomatoes, everybody's favorite, green beans, and eggplant.  Which I grew for the first time."

Any way a person eats these foods will give them some of the benefits.  Most are high in nutritional value but if people want to enhance that nutrition a new report said they need a few of these foods not just solo but with dynamic duos or in combination with other foods.

That report in Prevention found, for example, when people eat leafy greens they absorb more from them with a little olive oil.  This combination may help lower blood pressure.  When people eat a burger, add some avocado.  It appears to reduce some of the inflammation in the body a person gets afterward.

If people like spinach eat an orange alongside it.  A person absorbs more of the iron from it for better energy.  And finally when people drink tea they should add lemon to it.  Humans preserve four times the antioxidants in it due to the vitamin C.

By the way, another good dynamic duo involves spices.  Getting pepper with turmeric, which is the spice in curry, helps a person get much more of the benefit from turmeric which may work against inflammation in the body and brain.

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