Nutritional Medicine

Power on a Plate!

Food can be powerful in healing so here is an idea for some Power on a Plate for Lunch or Dinner. The easiest way to incorporate high nutrition into a meal is to get creative with a Stir-fry. I taught my sons this when they were young and they even managed to win cooking competitions in the Scouts cooking over an open fire.100_6943The fun of cooking this way is that you can add whatever you fancy but remember to make it colourful. You can add any protein of your choice, nuts, chicken, beans etc. The recipe for the one pictured here includes:-

Broccoli, Shiitake Mushrooms,Peas, Red Pepper,Spring onion, Ginger, Garlic, dried seaweed, Chilli sauce and lime juice with Prawns. All the ingredients should be gently cooked in Olive oil as over heating oils and burning foods destroy many of the health benefits. Basmati Rice, Wild Rice or Brown Rice are better choices than plain white rice or you could serve it with a wholemeal pasta. Beansprouts would be a beneficial addition.

These ingredients contain many nutrients that boost the immune system and have anti-cancer benefits. For instance broccoli contains Indole-3-Carbinol that is an antioxidant, a Liver protector, blocks oestrogen sites on cell membranes and affects the reproduction and death rate of cancer cells. Ginger is anti-inflammatory, shiitake mushrooms contain Polysaccharides that boost the immune system and help it to recognise cancer cells and destroy them. Drink Green Tea after the meal because it contains beneficial  substances that help the immune system and it also promotes good bacteria in the intestine.

If you want to know about how food and drink can help you prevent or beat cancer in more detail then a great book is “The Rainbow Diet” by Chris Woollams (M.A. Oxon) who is also the man behind the most informative website www.canceractive.co.uk

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