Food as Medicine


Antioxidants found in blueberries may prevent genetic predisposition to Alzheimer's disease, as new studies from Tufts University indicate. How it works? Certain substances found in blueberries boost enzymes that improve function of cell membranes making them more receptive to signals. This research suggests that certain foods may overcome genetic predisposition to Alzheimer's disease. (Tufts University, Researcher: James Joseph, Ph.D.)
My comment: Antioxidants and vitamins are the very essentials of life, and are present in every living organism, with the exception of prions and viruses. Viruses and prions use host organism's cellular system and set of vitamins and enzymes to reproduce.

Broccoli sprouts

Broccoli sprouts are fun to eat, as they are very spicy, and taste like radishes. I love them with sandwiches. But, there is more: Broccoli sprouts are source of substances that effectively destroy stomach ulcer-causing bacteria, Helicobacter pylori, and are almost as effective as...antibiotics used to treat this condition.
Word of caution: comercially available sprouts may be contaminated with some bacteria, so good washing is a must. Some patients of mine perfected growing their own sprouts from broccoli seeds at home.

Fish consumption and risk of Alzheimer's

Consumption of fish that is rich in n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids is very beneficial. In addition to reducing the risk of heart disease and arrhythmias, those who consume oily fish or take fish oil supplement, reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, strokes, as well as improve overall brain function.

Spices to the rescue

Turmeric, ginger and bromelain are very effective for control of inflammation of arthritis.
My comment: As with any medicinal products, be aware that some botanical products, foods or even spices may have sometimes very prominent actions. If you are on blood thinners or other medication, you should familiarize yourself well with the products, as well as you should discuss their use with your treating physicians.

Dr. Radzik advises that you combine proper nutrition, active lifestyle, and other preventive measures with the appropriate medical care that only your physician can and will provide. Although prevention makes great difference, do not underestimate the benefits of early detection. Here, primary example is early detection of colon polyps and early stage of colon cancer. There are many other conditions that are easy to control with a proper nutritional and lifestyle modification program.