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VS. URINARY TRACT INFECTION: Drinking cranberry juice decidedly reduces recurrent urinary tract infections in women, reports a British analysis of 10 studies. Most common recommended dose: a glass of juice twice a day. Undecided: whether cranberry capsules or tablets are as effective.

VS. : Proof that oatmeal can lower cholesterol is stronger than ever, says a new review by University of Kentucky researcher James Anderson, M.D. He concludes that eating whole-grain oatmeal not only cuts total and “bad” cholesterol but also lowers risk for high blood pressure, type 2 and weight gain.

A new blockbuster study by Harvard’s George Blackburn, M.D., finds that a compound in soybeans slashed the frequency of hot flashes by 52% in a group of menopausal women. The study used a soy extract called AglyMax, which is like human estrogen but without the negative effects, the researchers say.

VS. DIABETES: Eating more legumes (peanuts and dried beans, especially soybeans) may cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than 40%, says a new Vanderbilt study of 64,000 middle-aged Chinese women. Possible reason: All legumes suppress spikes in blood sugar.

Much evidence shows that omega-3 fish oil, especially its DHA component, protects brain cells. In a new UCLA study, DHA helps prevent damage that leads to the onset of Alzheimer’s. Eaters of fatty fish are less apt to get Alzheimer’s.

QUICK TIP: Try our recipe for Cholesterol-Lowering Oatmeal Cookies!

This EatSmart column is reprinted from USAWEEKEND Magazine and is copyrighted by Jean Carper. It cannot be reprinted without permission from Jean Carper.

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Article updated on: April 3rd, 2008

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