3 Superfoods for Vibrant Health

"Superfood" sounds like a secret elitist club for food, doesn't it? But what is a superfood, really? Well, it turns out there is no hard and fast definition for a superfood. In fact, this word is used loosely and liberally. But when I say superfood, I am talking about food that has amazing medicinal properties beyond other food. 

1. Turmeric

Medicinal Properties:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Protects the liver
  • Prevents tumor formation
  • Stimulates digestion
  • Thins the blood
  • Prevents atherosclerosis

Kind of a wonder herb, isn't it? Turmeric has a long history of use and treats a variety of conditions. Curcumin is thought to be the compound in turmeric responsible for most of the benefits. To best absorb curcumin from powdered turmeric, eat your turmeric with black pepper and coconut oil. Try adding ground turmeric to your scrambled eggs, roasted veggies, hummus, or soup.

If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, do not use turmeric. Also, avoid turmeric if you have a bile duct obstruction or stomach ulcer.

2. Shiitake Mushrooms

Medicinal Properties:

  • Immunomodulating
  • Antiviral
  • Protects the liver
  • Prevents tumor formation

These mushrooms are a gentle immune tonic. This means that over time with consistent use, the mushrooms will shape how your immune system functions. It can be beneficial for chronic viral infections, such as hepatitis B and HIV, and cancer patients. Try replacing your regular white mushrooms with shiitake mushrooms for a health boost.

3. Garlic

Medicinal Properties:

  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Antiparasitic
  • Prevents blood clots
  • Lowers blood sugar
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Protects the liver
  • Prevents tumor formation
  • Supports immune function

Garlic is not only delicious but also works overtime for our health. It is another herb that has a long history of use for treating disease but it is often overlooked. Try adding fresh garlic to your meals on a regular basis. 

If you are currently on anticoagulant therapy, large amounts of garlic are not recommended. Garlic can exacerbate some digestive symptoms in people who are sensitive to sulfur-containing foods.

References

Amagase H (1987) ”Treatment of hepatitis B with Lentinus edodes mycelium.” In: Proceedings of the XII International Congress of Gastroenterology, Lison:197

Gordon M, Bihari B, Gooby E, et al. (1998) ”A placebo-controlled trial of the immune modulator, lentinan, in HIV-positive patients: A phase I/II trial” J Med 29:305-30

Nakano H, Namatame K, Nemoto H, et al. (1999) ”A multi-institutional prospective study of lentinan in advanced gastric cancer patients with unresectable and recurrent diseases: Effect on prolongation of survival and improvement of quality of life” Hepato-Gastroenterology 46:2662-8

Tilgner, Sharol. (1999) http://www.herbaltransitions.com/materiamedica/Allium.htm 

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I'm Dr. Carly and my mission is to create a health revolution. I believe that another prescription is not the answer. I believe in using natural therapies that go beyond the symptoms. And I believe that doctors should spend way more than 7 minutes with a patient. 

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