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Let Food Be Your Medicine

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In the 4th century BC, the Greek physician, Hippocrates, is said to have uttered his now famous phrase: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” But how many of us actually understand what this means and, given that we have known this for so long, how is it possible for us to have lost our way so badly?

A new study just out, has shown that a Mediterranean diet is more effective than statins in tackling heart disease and, given that Sir David Nicholson, former chief executive of the NHS, gave up statins and turned to a Mediterranean diet, I think it’s time to re-evaluate what we put on our plate.

Foods such as Turmeric and artichoke have well tracked medicinal uses , indeed most plants that we eat have medicinal compounds within them. From Lycopene in tomatoes and the resverartrol from red grapes to the wonderful anti cancer actions found in the brassica family, what we consume really does have a marked effect on our overall health. We can use diet as an effective tool to help us lower cholesterol and there are some very good plant based alternatives to statins including Red Rice Yeast.

If we really are what we eat then it's vital that we take control of what we put into our bodies.



Why not make an appointment with our Nutritionist, Charlotte Heald, to discuss ways in which your diet can help you heal. The medicinal use of plants and herbs can also support the management of a wide range of health concerns, naturally. You can make an appointment with one of our team of Medical Herablists on 0131 225 5542.



Dee Atkinson MNIMH

Dee is one of the UK's top herbalists and owns and runs D. Atkinson Herbalist in Edinburgh - a herbal dispensary and shop which provide a wide range of herbal medicines, vitamins, supplements, herbal skincare as well as a herbal dispensary. Next door is Napiers Clinic.

Dee qualified as a Medical Herbalist in 1988 and took over Napiers the Herbalists in 1990, building it up into one of the UKs most respected and trusted Complementary Medicine Clinics.

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