The superfoods that boost your body's five defence systems

Today, Dr Li shows you the true ‘superfoods’ — foods that work hard to enhance all five of the body’s health defence systems.
He also explains the important disease-fighting role played by your stem cells — and reveals the foods that can keep them working efficiently.

Our stem cells are the special forces in our body that gather intelligence, conduct reconnaissance and execute missions to keep organs in optimal shape. Whenever you suffer an injury or develop a disease, your stem cells swing into action: repairing, replacing and regenerating dead and worn-out cells on demand.
How stem cells work is still something of a mystery, but we do know they are factories for important chemicals needed in organs that are growing or being repaired.
Today, Dr Li shows you the true ‘superfoods’ — foods that work hard to enhance all five of the body’s health defence systems.
He also explains the important disease-fighting role played by your stem cells — and reveals the foods that can keep them working efficiently.
Our stem cells are the special forces in our body that gather intelligence, conduct reconnaissance and execute missions to keep organs in optimal shape. Whenever you suffer an injury or develop a disease, your stem cells swing into action: repairing, replacing and regenerating dead and worn-out cells on demand.
How stem cells work is still something of a mystery, but we do know they are factories for important chemicals needed in organs that are growing or being repaired.

How to heal your body from the inside out

Whether you are healthy and want to optimise your strength and simply age gracefully, or you have a serious chronic condition, such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes or even cancer, there’s a way to use diet to direct stem cells to help you heal from the inside out.
These are some of Dr Li’s suggestions to keep in mind when doing your weekly shop. Where possible choose organic produce, as it is better for health and for the environment. 
  • Vinegars: Real aged balsamic vinegar comes from Modena or Reggio Emilia in Italy. It contains melanoidins, which prevent DNA damage. Apple cider vinegar has been shown to reduce cholesterol.
  • Olive oil: (See previous spread).
  • Black pepper: This contains piperine, which increases absorption of compounds such as curcumin in turmeric.
  • Dried fruits: Apricots, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, mango, papaya, and raisins for snacking. Choose sulphite-free versions, as this preservative can cause allergic reactions.
  • Pasta/noodles: Whole wheat pasta, squid ink noodles, and buckwheat soba (buckwheat boosts immunity).
  • Nuts: Almonds, cashews, macadamia, pecans, pine nuts, and walnuts. Due to their high oil content, most cannot be stored for very long.
  • Tea and coffee
  • Tinned tomatoes AND PASTE: San Marzano tomatoes are best for lycopene.
  • Oyster sauce: Linked to a reduction in DNA damage.
    • Seeds.
    • Anchovy paste: Good for adding flavour when cooking, it contains fish oil, which helps increase stem cells that can regenerate muscles.
    • Honey: Manuka honey from New Zealand stimulates the immune system and is good with tea and lemon for soothing a sore throat.
    • Maple sugar: A natural sweetener made from maple syrup. It has been found to contain 30 active compounds called polyphenols, some of which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

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