Superfoods got some attention today in the National Press. Seems that someone chose to follow a superfood diet rich in juices, salads and green leafy vegetables rather than take the cancer drug recommended by their Doctor! She got well – that was the story.
This is pretty common really so I’m unsure exactly why the newspapers featured her.
But rather than mull over the unique features of her case let’s look at the whole superfood angle…
All foods have nutrients such as vitamin C or potassium in them but Superfoods like tea, tomatoes or turmeric either have special nutrients such as catechins, lycopene or curcumin respectively or simply large amounts of vitamin C such as Rose hips, Amla and Camu camu do.
So if you are looking to diet as one of your mainstays to recover from an illness it makes sense to choose and use as many of these superfoods as possible.
Sadly it is quite hard for the average health conscious person to do this. They may turn to a Doctor or a Dietician but find that they may have less knowledge than they do of superfoods or even worse try to persuade them to follow a so called “healthy diet” composed of government approved foods!
However, Nutritionists should be able to help them and of course Naturopaths will help you plan a healthy plant based diet with superfoods as a focus.
In the case of Cancer there are a lot of superfoods that have special nutrients of direct use. Here are a few…..
- Turmeric is one of the most obvious superfoods. It encourages the cells of some kinds of cancer to self-destruct and interferes with the replication process in other cancers.
- Ginger also has been found to induce apoptosis, self destruction by some cancer cells as well as being a powerful anti-inflammatory remedy.
- Garlic has many cancer studies under its belt. Large studies show effects at reducing colon and pancreatic cancers.
- Greens such as Broccoli have several powerful anti-cancer properties and one that is obvious here is isothiocyanate which produces apoptosis (self destruction) of cancer cells.
We could go on and on with longer lists of superfoods and their use in fighting cancer and other diseases but the point I want to focus on today is that a superfood diet makes sense and is easy to follow.
Simply put – if you have any health problems go to a health professional who can help you plan your diet – but check them out first to make sure they really know what they are talking about and have appropriate qualifications.
You may also need herbal or other treatment but putting as many superfoods on your menu as you can is a simple safe and effective measure.
The original story that prompted this post is here
And a similar story is featured in the video by Chris Wark
Photo of a spoonful of turmeric by summertomato