Food as medicine – 5 nutritios greens
As you know, I like thinking about food more as a way of preventing health issues, rather than just getting the body shape you want. Here are 5 green nutrient bombs that you always find in my home, ready to use, whether its in a juice, for dinner or in salads. Try to get them into your diet too if you can. Here´s why:
One of the world’s leading researchers on the relationship between food and cancer, Dr. Yanyan Li, professor at Montclair State University in the US, argues that the active substances in broccoli can often be more effective than chemotherapy, warning also that there is no substitute for chemo, but this could be a good supplement.
Spinach is also something I use a lot and that I always have at home. It’s a greate replacement for salad, and it tastes great! Spinach contains folate, vitamin K, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and other antioxidants. Spinach also contains riboflavin and calcium. It is also rich in iron, but this iron is of a type iron that is difficult to absorb in the body. Since vitamin C helps the body absorb iron, you should also eat something rich in C vitamin.
Leeks are rich in iron, carotene, vitamin C and dietary fiber primarily in the green parts. In addition to this leeks contain folate. This is one of the eight water-soluble B vitamins. Folate helps prevent spina bifida, and according to the Public Health care, it can cut the risk of the child getting this congenital development disorder in half.
Folate also helps the immune system’s normal functioning and reduce fatigue and exhaustion. Leeks are also a good source of dietary fiber and thus protects the bowel.
Dietary fiber has a favorable effect on digestion and can reduce the risk of weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer colorectal and cardiovascular disease.
In addition, leeks vitamin C. Vitamin C is important for the development of cartilage, bone and teeth, and increases the absorption of iron from food. Vitamin C also helps to maintain the immune system’s normal function during and after intense exercise, and reduces fatigue and exhaustion.
Peppermint oil has antibacterial effects and a damper effect on the muscle tissue along our digestive tracts and therefor suppresses colic pains. It also has a light antiemetic effect. Lukewarm mint tea before the meal can often help in mild nausea and also stimulates appetite.
Chilli has proved strong in many ways, not only in its taste. It also has powers that makes it deserve a place in your medicine shelf. Not only does it increases metabolism, dissolves mucus and improves symptoms of fever; It also contains a substance called capsaicin. This is an analgesic drug and soothes as it makes our sensory cells less sensitive. The result is pain relief. Finally chilli both contains A-, B- and C–vitamins as well as lots of antioxidants. So why not get it in when ever you can?