For the nearly 20 million women who have trouble catching their breath due to asthma or COPD, a trio of nutrients can help. I suggest 1,000 mg of vitamin C, a mild antihistamine that reduces respiratory tract inflammation that interferes with breathing; 500 mg of magnesium, which opens airways; and 1,500 mg of quercetin, which has antihistamine and anti-inflammatory effects. Also smart: Sip coffee or tea. Caffeine relaxes airways and metabolizes into theophylline, a compound used in some asthma meds.
To melt stubborn pounds, an under-the-radar hero can help: bee pollen! It speeds calorie burn and enhances digestion, thanks to its rich stores of fat-dissolving lecithin and nutrients that inhibit the body’s ability to store fat. In addition, it’s high in phenylalanine, a compound shown to dampen cravings. In fact, studies found that adding bee pollen granules to a glass of lukewarm water and drinking it 20 to 30 minutes before a meal effortlessly decreases food intake by up to 20%. Try: Beekeepers Naturals Bee Pollen (Walmart.com)