In all of my cookbooks, I have included a chart that lists the FoodTrients nutrients, their benefits, which foods are loaded with them, and their properties (anti-inflammatory) , disease preventing , etc.) along with my 9 symbols. Here are just a few examples:
Garlic contains the FoodTrient allicin, which is an anti-inflammatory that reduces the risk of heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and cancer. So if you have trouble with rashes, allergies, swelling, or atherosclerosis add garlic to your meals whenever possible.
The root of the ginger plant has its own very special FoodTrient called gingerol. Gingerol has the power to alleviate nausea (a side effect of many medications) and reduce the risk of cancer. It’s also an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. I grate fresh gingerroot and put a teaspoon or two of it into both sweet and savory foods—everything from cakes and cookies to chicken stew and stir-fries.
Parsley and other bright green grassy herbs—such as watercress and wheatgrass—contain lots of chlorophyll, a FoodTrient that protects against certain cancers. Parsley and its companion herbs are also full of antioxidants, which will help you look and feel younger. They’re perfect in salads, soups, and even some fruit-and-veggie smoothies.
Green and black teas are full of the FoodTrient catechins, which are super-antioxidants that help reduce the risk of heart disease and heart attack. Those at high risk for heart attack should consider drinking a cup of tea at least every day. The catechins in tea also help prevent cavities, promote weight loss, and protect against certain cancers.
Turmeric (found in many curry powder mixes) is rife with curcumin—a FoodTrient highly valued in India. Indians have long had a lower incidence of heart disease and Alzheimer’s than Americans and new studies are showing that curcumin may be the major reason why. Curcumin is a strong antioxidant , antibacterial , and anti-inflammatory that works in the body to reduce swelling of the skin, arteries, brain (as in Alzheimer’s disease), bowel (especially in irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease), joints (as in arthritis), and nasal passages (as in allergies). It therefore reduces the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. I have tons of recipes using turmeric, it’s one of my top favorite spices. In my first cookbook, The Age GRACEfully Cookbook, look for my recipes for Turkey in Turmeric and my Fresh Turmeric Juice. In my new cookbook, The AGE BEAUTIFULLY Cookbook, I hope you will try my Egg Salad with Turmeric, my Curried Chicken Salad, and my hot dish, Chicken Curry with Moringa.