Oatmeal and blueberries help heart disease and cancer:

Whole grains such as oatmeal house an arsenal of phytochemicals to fight inflammation and disease.

“They’re also uniquely rich in the compounds avenanthramides, which help prevent free radicals from damaging LDL cholesterol (oxidized LDL is more likely to encourage plaque buildup in the arteries), thereby reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, says Magee, author of 25 books, including Food Synergy.

Blueberries are an excellent source of manganese and vitamins C and K, and a good source of dietary fiber. They’re also on the American Institute for Cancer Research’s list of Foods that Fight Cancer because of their concentrations of ellagic acid, which laboratory studies have shown may help prevent certain cancers.

While oatmeal and blueberries are each powerful on their own, they may work even better together. A study conducted by Tufts University researchers’ and published in The Journal of Nutrition observed that when vitamin C was added to oat phytochemicals, the amount of time LDL was protected from oxidation increased from 137 to 216 minutes. For additional nutritional information on this subject ask your doctors.

Visit South Orange Chiropractic Center at the Newstead 5K Saturday morning September 21, 2013 from 7:30am to 9:30 am, where we will be stretching out runners before and after the race.