Here’s another reason to enjoy a juicy steak or burger: Doing so can protect your memory and keep your thinking sharp well into your golden years. Eating protein at every meal helps prevent insulin spikes, which suppress the thyroid, say researchers at Tufts University. A slow thyroid can cause frustrating “senior moments,” so keeping it functioning at its peak wards off brain blips. Plus, protein is rich in tyrosine, an essential building block of thyroid hormones. The study-proven dose: 1 oz. of nuts, 1 egg, or 4 oz. meat, poultry, or fish.
Wish you could enjoy your favorite Thanksgiving fare without worrying about a few extra pounds sneaking on? You can! My favorite supplement for weight loss during the holidays and beyond is African mango seed extract. In one study, women who supplemented with it had a significantly smaller waist after two weeks, and they lost 14 times more weight than those who skipped the extract. Compounds in African mango curb appetite and flip a switch in the brain that stops the creation of fat cells. The study-proven dose: 150 mg. twice daily.