1. Pink Grapefruit Juice for Smoother Skin
Pink grapefruit gets its pink-red hue from lycopene, a carotenoid that'll keep your skin smooth.
2. Alcohol to Ward Off Alzheimer's Disease
Drinking alcohol--moderately, which is one glass a day for women and two daily for men--may ward off dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
3. Cocoa for a Healthier Heart
Rich in flavanols that help preserve the healthy function of blood vessels.
4. Beet Juice to Beat Dementia
Beets are rich in naturally occurring nitrates, which--unlike unhealthy artificial nitrates found in processed meat--may be beneficial.
5. Green Tea to Quell Inflammation
Green tea is full of potent antioxidants that help quell inflammation. (Chronic inflammation plays a significant role--as either a cause or effect--in many diseases, including type 2 diabetes, autoimmune diseases and the three top killers in the United States: heart disease, cancer and stroke.)
6. Soymilk for Firm Skin and Fewer Wrinkles
The isoflavones in soymilk may help to preserve skin-firming collagen.
7. Milk to Build Muscle Mass and Strength
The amino acids in protein are the building blocks of muscle--and one amino acid, called leucine, is particularly good at turning on your body's muscle-building machinery.
8. Carrot Juice for Memory
Carrots contain luteolin, a flavonoid believed to reduce inflammation that can lead to cognitive decline.
9. Coffee to Protect Against Skin Cancer
Drinking a single cup of coffee daily may lower your risk of developing skin cancer.
10. Water for Better Breath
Water keeps your throat and lips moist and prevents your mouth from feeling dry. Dry mouth can cause bad breath and/or an unpleasant taste.
11. Orange Juice for Eye Health
Studies show that people with low levels of antioxidants are more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD) than those with higher levels. (AMD is the leading cause of blindness in people over age 60.) Vitamin C--which is abundant in orange juice--is one antioxidant that seems to be especially protective against the disease.