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There’s a lot of talk about foods preventing illness, and more and more people are trying to eat healthy.  But what about foods curing, maybe not illnesses, per se, but certain conditions?  Maybe you’re pantry is your new medicine cabinet.  It’s an interesting thought, right?  If you try any of these home remedies on for size, let us know if they work!

Pork and Beans for PMS?  Thiamine and riboflavin are B vitamins and as such are said to help prevent PMS (according to research by the University of Massachusetts-Amherst), and pork and beans are rich in both of these!  And while you may be thinking that supplements are even easier, according to this study, supplements aren’t as effective at preventing PMS as natural sources.  Apparently, women who consume 1.9 milligrams per day of thiamine and 2.5 milligrams of riboflavin had a 25 to 35 percent lower risk of developing PMS than women who consumed less.  Interestingly, they didn’t see the same results when the women took supplements.  Luckily for you, pork and beans are a great source of both.  If you eat a 3-ounce serving of the meat and a cup of beans regularly, you’ll be getting the right amount to fend off cramps and other PMS symptoms.

Eat a Pomegranate, Save your Skin?  Pomegranates contain ellagic acid which can protect your skin from UVA and UVB-induced cell damage.  You’ll get more benefits from eating whole pomegranates than juices though, so hit the store and buy ‘em fresh!

Eat Liver to Help Your Head?  If you’re plagued by migraines, maybe it’s your liver—or lack of.  Studies show that B vitamin riboflavin looks promising at reducing the frequency of migraines.  Know any good sources of vitamin B riboflavin?  It just so happens that beef liver is rich in riboflavin.  Unfortunately, not rich enough to reach the 400 grams of riboflavin that you need everyday to fight migraines.  So, eat your liver, but dish up more foods rich in riboflavin too, like dairy products and veggies.  If you have lots of headaches, consider adding a supplement as well.

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Eat Asparagus, Prevent a Hangover?  Did you know asparagus contains enzymes that help break down alcohol and prevent hangovers?  If you have meal of asparagus before a night on the town, the benefits are two-fold: You’ll get all of those great enzymes and your stomach will be full before your night out.  So, steam it, grill, put it on a salad, but get your asparagus!