As you know, fruit and vegetables are the foundation of any anti-inflammatory dietary prescription.  This is for good reason – fresh produce is the best source of natural antioxidants and nutrients, many of the important micronutrients to help keep our entire body running smoothly.

I recommend every healthy kitchen have the following versatile and flavorful favorites on hand:

  1. Onions: This classic, pungent vegetable adds depth and richness to any meal.  Allicin, a phytonutrient found in most varieties of onions, may be responsible for its health benefits, including lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.
  2. Garlic: This fragrant bulb contains many of the same phytonutrients as onions, as well as antibiotic and antiviral compounds.  It may help boost the immune system, prevent colds, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and fight fungal or yeast infections.
  3. Spinach: This dark leafy green (and others like it, such as kale and collards) contains lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidant carotenoids that may help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration.  Spinach is also a source of calcium and folate, critically important B vitamins.  Buy organic spinach, since pesticides are commonly used on conventionally grown varieties.
  4. Cabbage: This low-cost yet highly nutritious cruciferous vegetable contains nutrients called indoles, which may protect against both breast and prostate cancer.  It also provides significant amounts of fiber and vitamin C.
  5. Sweet potatoes: Rich in beta carotene, this vegetable may help boost the immune system, deliver vitamin C and folate, which reduces the risk of heart disease and Alzheimer’s and are low in bad sugars.

 What else can you do?

 Try making a glass of fresh organic carrot juice.  It’s great for your health, especially your immune system and pancreas.  Many fruits and vegetables, when juiced using a juice extractor, become a concentrated form of nutritional energy.  Unlike processed, packaged juices, fresh juices are alive, with enzymes, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, and all the phytonutrients you need to send a positive healing message to your body and brain.

It’s never too late to start good eating habits – begin here and you will be doing a lot for your health.


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