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Levi Brown/Trunk Archive If your food could speak, it might tell you something strange: It's jet-lagged. Catering to your vegetables' circadian clocks will leave them heartier and you healthier.
As the sun sets, your body naturally slows down; it produces the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin and prepares your brain for a good night's rest. It's all part of your circadian rhythm, the silent body clock that ticks every day keeping you healthy and strong (and throwing you out of whack when you switch time zones).
But fruits and vegetables have internal clocks, too, and new research from Rice University and the University of California, Davis finds that if you cater to those clocks, you can increase the nutritional value of your food, packing more of the disease-fighting, feel-good nutrients your body needs.
After all, just as you're not at your full potential after a long flight to Europe, produce doesn't always handle the rough and tumble of travel, new environments,Read More »from Is Your Food Jet-Lagged? 4 Ways to Optimize Your Food's Nutritional Value