5 foods that can and will improve your life

This article was originally published on the website of the Daily Californian.

1. Garlic

Garlic is delicious on bread, in pasta and, to be completely frank, in most things, but did you know that garlic is good for you? Beyond being a great breath freshener, garlic also is known to help regulate blood pressure, and it is rich in vitamins A, B and C as well as zinc and calcium. Research by the National Academy of Sciences has found that garlic increases our natural supply of hydrogen sulfide — which, although poisonous in high concentrations, may actually be the key to understanding the claims that garlic contains various cancer-fighting compounds.

2. Tea

Other than coffee, tea is an excellent source of caffeine for the energy-starved college student. In particular, green tea has myriad health benefits, some of which were described in a Huffington Post article and include weight loss, decreasing blood pressure and fighting infection. So instead of always turning to coffee for your daily caffeine, try a cup of tea (not that coffee is bad for you — some studies show that it has its own health benefits), whether it is black, white or green. Just remember to enjoy whatever you are drinking.

3. Avocado

Avocados boast a rich source of fiber, potassium, vitamins E and B and folic acid, so eating avocados seems to be a no-brainer. Good fats do exist, and the avocado is a wonderful example of good monosaturated fat, which can help lower cholesterol instead of raising it. Not to mention you can even grow your very own avocado tree from the pit. For more complete information on avocados, you can check out www.californiaavocado.com.

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