Eat Your Medicine: Food as Pharmacology
Dr Mark Hyman says in his article:
What you put at the end of your fork is more powerful medicine than anything you will find at the bottom of a pill bottle. Food is the most powerful medicine available to heal chronic disease, which will account for more than 50 million deaths and cost the global economy $47 trillion by 2030. All you need to do is eat your medicine and think of your grocery store as your pharmacy. The Chinese have known this for centuries.This article is similar to other article, GOMBBS by an M.D., that is talked about on my other blog on this website. GOMBBS stands for greens, onions, mushrooms, berries, beans and seeds and nuts. This article divides the foods up into color groups.
The red group has the phytochemical lycopene. This article calls them phytontrients but the original word for them was phytochemicals. Lycopene is for cardiovascular health and for preventing or fighting cancer. The orange foods contain alpha-carotene which protects against cancer.
The orange/yellow foods may help prevent heart disease. It says that the red/purple foods prevent heart disease but I also know that that they are very effective in preventing cancer also. The white/green foods are anti-tumor foods so they are also good for preventing cancer.
There is a yellow/green group that has the leafy greens. I know that greens help the inner lining of the arteries to resist the build up of plaque (not on the article). The following is not on the article either. The best source of the B vitamin folic acid or folate is greens.
Actually the green group on this article is like the cabbage family foods like broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage. The phytochemicals in these help to ward off cancer.
Folate | Folic Acid
A recent study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that those with the highest folate levels, lose 8.5 times more weight when dieting. When folate levels drop, levels of obesity, heart disease, stroke, cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease and depression goes up.
They used to say that folic acid and folate are the same thing. Now they are saying that folate is the kind in foods and folic acid is the kind in supplements and the folic acid does not work anywhere near as good as the folate in foods. I say that it is better to eat foods than to eat chemicals.