To begin with, let us quote Hippocrates: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Many foods work as effective medicine.
At the same time within the foods that are good for health, some may be suitable for specific individual cases while others may not. Something as simple as an apple can offer many benefits for most but can cause some side effects.
The best foods against disease are dark leafy green vegetables such as spinach and dark lettuces. These are rich in vitamins, minerals, vitamin C, folate, iron, magnesium, carotenoids, phytochemicals and antioxidants.
Red wine, tea and coffee are abundantly loaded with polyphenols and help fight many bacteria and are especially good for the digestive system.
Insurance companies in some countries cover even medicinal foods.
The following two courses give an interesting and though-provoking look into how foods can be used to treat ailments and alleviate illness.
The Complete Guide to Medicinal Food
This is a self-paced course and can be completed in three weeks. The course covers various areas including the history of food as medicine, food as prevention and treatment, macro and micro nutrients, food and the gut, food and the brain, foods relevant to fertility and pregnancy and of course foods related to weight.
The course also takes you through public health nutrition guidelines.
Food as Medicine
The duration of the course is three weeks and shall require an effort of about four hours each week.
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