Back to Nature?

By Shane Power, President of Watertree Health

Did you know that the active ingredients in many prescription medicines are inspired by or derived from nature? Today, I would like to share with you some foods, spices, and seeds that may be beneficial to your health. There could be an opportunity to supplement or reduce the dosage of your current medications with these natural remedies. Of course, always consult with your doctor before making any changes to your diet or prescription regimen.

Lipitor, Zocor, and Crestor are all popular heart-medication drugs used to reduce LDL cholesterol. Spinach, apples, garlic, hawthorn berries, coriander, and psyllium all contain the same active enzyme as these prescription medications, a compound called “HMG-CoA reductase”. Incorporating these foods into your diet may help lower cholesterol levels naturally.

turmericEveryday spices and foods may provide incredible anti-inflammatory benefits. Turmeric, used mainly in South Asian cuisine, contains a potent active ingredient called curcumin, and the health benefits may prove enormous. It may help fight joint pain, autoimmune disease flares, and certain metabolic diseases.

The same anti-inflammatory properties that can be derived from turmeric are also found in ginger, cayenne pepper, and certain berries. Studies have shown that red raspberry extract helped prevent animals from developing arthritis and blueberries may help protect against intestinal inflammation.

So the next time you need an Advil or Tylenol to help treat pain from inflammation, you may want to try turmeric supplements or a potent ginger drink with honey and lemon. You should also know that foods high in sugar and saturated fat may spur inflammation.

In addition to eating healthy, it is important to also eat smart. Consult with your doctor to determine if you could benefit from going “back to nature”.

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