1. Beer slashes rheumatoid arthritis risk 31%

    Soak up some suds to beat arthritis pain

    Bring me to any bar in America, and it'll take me two seconds to spot the gal for me.

    I'll give you a hint -- she's not sipping some fruity umbrella drink and batting eyes at the bartender. She's sitting in the corner, with her lips wrapped around a Budweiser bottle, watching the big game.

    Because this lovely lady has two things going for her right off the bat. She can tell you how many homeruns Mickey Mantle hit, and she can keep up with my active lifestyle.

    In fact, a new Harvard study proves that if you gals want to stay loose, limber, and pain-free as you age, a can of Coors may be just what the doctor ordered.

    Researchers tracked nearly a quarter-million women and found that just by drinking up to four delicious servings of beer a week, you may be able to slash your rheumatoid arthritis risk by an impressive 31%!

    That's one-third less risk of your joints creaking and groaning like a rusted lawn chair -- and one-third less risk of limping through each day like a race horse headed for the glue factory. And it's all because beer is loaded with natural ingredients like amino acids, minerals, vitamins and polyphenols that help control inflammation, improve heart health and relieve pain.

    So if you want to silence those painful, burning joints for good, stop popping pills and start popping a top. Because when I catch your eye at the local watering hole and throw a quarter in the juke box, I want to know you'll be ready to boogie.

  2. How berries boost your brain

    Despite what you've heard, you don't NEED to eat fruits and vegetables to stay healthy -- and some of them are outright bad for you.

    Want to know what's inside an orange, apple or grape? Sugar! And not much else -- even the famous antioxidants in grapes and apples are concentrated in the skin, not the wet sacks of sugar inside.

    But berries are different. Berries do have natural sugars, but they're also loaded with incredible nutrients, including some you won't get anywhere else. And now, a new analysis shows why you don't need drugs to protect your brain from the ravages of aging -- just a handful of berries.

    Researchers looked at studies on just about every level -- human, animal, and cellular -- and found not the usual weak "association" between a food and a benefit I'm always warning about it.

    Instead, they found actual, specific benefits -- especially in the brain.

    In this case, they say the nutrients in berries enhance neuron communication, which in turn can not only help keep your mind sharp -- it can help keep you steady on your feet, too.

    One study even finds that berries can take over when your own body falls short.

    Over the years, we lose the ability to clean the trash out of our brains -- and I don't mean stray thoughts (although that can happen, too). No, in this case, cells called microglia that normally clean up the debris of aging start to peter out.

    But the polyphenols in berries can wake them up again and get them back on the job -- helping to keep your brain cells neat and tidy.

    These same nutrients also prevent inflammation. Throw in the fact that they taste great, and you've got my permission to eat berries every day.

  3. What red wine can't do

    Everyone knows that red wine is good for your heart. Studies have shown over and over again that a glass or two a day can lower your heart disease risk. But a new study found that it won't do a thing for your blood pressure.
  4. Red wine battles cavities

    Any reason to drink is a good one as far as I'm concerned, so here's one more for the list: Red wine is good for your teeth.
  5. The delicious road to artery health

    Want an easy way to help keep your arteries clear? Try a little cocoa.
  6. Pop goes the antioxidants

    If you're looking for an antioxidant boost, you might want to head to the movies. After all, this is where you'd be likely to eat lots of popcorn, which, according to a new study has a hefty dose of antioxidants.
  7. Good news from the land of brandy-wine

    Good news from the land of brandy-wine!
  8. Overall Benefits of Tipping a Daily Glass or Two

    As you well know, a regular feature of the Daily Dose involves me singing the praises of moderate consumption of alcohol. It's an easy topic to revisit often, since lots of studies are proving the health plusses of responsible drinking.
  9. Unhealthy Fruits Can be as Bad as Soda Pop

    Be aware of unhealthy fruits that can be just as bad as drinking soda pop. Some of these fruits include grapes, grapefruits, oranges and raisins.

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