Yes food is medicine, but it can be better medicine if you understand the therapeutic power it holds. So, when time allows I’ve decided to start sprinkling bite sized food knowledge throughout my blog and hope that you find this information as inspiring as I do. The key to better health really does start in your kitchen.

I want to begin with adding nutrient knowledge to your salads. The sun is warming up my part of the world at the moment so salads are gaining added momentum as Winter coats are stored.

These are my salad power foods and their health benefits, look at the therapeutic benefits of these foods and load your salads for concentrated nutrient density.

Please note this list is not comprehensive, it is a starting point for you to commence exploring the medicinal power of your food, I hope it sparks your interest.

  1. Lycopene

Fresh tomatoes, grapefruit, guava- Reduces the risk of heart attacks, breast cancer, prostate cancer and skin cancer

Anthocyanins

Beets, red cabbage, red onion, kidney beans, red beans- Powerful antioxidants, assist to control high blood pressure, reduce risk of diabetes complications, reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, reduce cancer risk

Beta – carotene

Carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, butternut squash, mangos- Boosts immunity, powerful antioxidant, helps maintain good vision, reduces risk for cancer and heart attacks.

Bioflavanoids

Lemons, papaya, yellow capsicum- Works with vitamin C to reduce heart attack risk, reduce risk of cancer, assists in maintaining good skin health, vision and strong bones/teeth.

Lutein

Kale, spinach, leafy greens, romaine lettuce, broccoli, green peas- Assists to maintain good vision and reduce the risk of cataracts or macular degeneration.

Indoles

Cabbage, brussel sprouts, bok choy, cauliflower- Risk reduction for breast and prostate cancer.

Phytosterols

Nuts & Legumes- Cholesterol reduction, anti inflammatory

Phytoestrogens

Sesame seeds, rice, mung beans, fenugreek, alfalfa- May act as an estrogen agonist

Anthocyanins

Blueberries, black , purple grapes- Reduce risk of cancer, potent antioxidants, reduces the risk of age related memory loss, assist to control high blood pressure, reduce risk of heart attack, reduce risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Phenolics

Prunes, raisins, eggplants- Powerful antioxidants, may slow some effects of aging.