Some foods give us more benefit than just calories. The foods listed have the following benefits. Use this as a guide to improve your health and recovery from surgery!
Omega – 3 Fatty AcidsImprove heart healthReduce risk of stroke and heart attackImprove brain functionDecrease inflammationMetabolismIdeal ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 is 1:1EPA is beneficial for heart health (wild fish, seaweed, algea)DHA improves brain function (synthesized from EPA)ALA does not decrease inflammation (nuts, seeds, vegetable oil)
PolyphenolsPotent anti-inflammatory compounds derived from plant sourcesCurcumin – active ingredient in TurmericAnti-inflammatoryAnti-arthritic effectsAnti-diabetic effectsAnti-cancer effectsAnti-depressantCardiac protectionNeuroprotective effectsInhibits formation of beta amyloid (Alzheimer’s Disease)Decreases joint painCocoaImproves glucose toleranceReduces blood pressureReduces cholesterolImproves platelet activityImproves endothelial functionOptimal dose: 1 tablespoon per day of dark, unsweetened 70% cacaoGreen TeaCancer preventionCardiac protectionNeuroprotective effectsWeight lossAnti-diabetic effectsDarker teas have higher polyphenol content