PHOENIX -- Many common foods and herbs we eat have found their way from the kitchen to our medicine cabinets, helping treat and prevent a variety of health conditions from high blood pressure to stroke damage.
Holistic pharmacist and health author Sherry Torkos gave 3TV's Yetta Gibson the lowdown on the growing trend of using food as medicine, and explained what to look for in 2014 when supplementing our diets with many of these foods and herbs.
Eggshells: Membranes recovered from ordinary chicken eggshells contain nutrients that help naturally repair joint damage associated with osteoarthritis or sports injuries. While you can't consumer the membrane directly from the eggs, you can get it in a supplement. Just look for NEM or "Natural Eggshell Membrane" on the label.
Red palm fruit oil: Naturally trans-fat free, this cooking oil is an abundant source of a form of vitamin E called alpha-tocotrienols, which NIH-funded studies have shown can help reduce the damaging effects of a stroke by up to 50 percent.
Grapes: Grapes and their liquid counterparts (grape juice and wine) have long been known to be good for the heart. New research has shed some light on the many ways that grapes and grape seed extract helps the heart. It can lower blood pressure and improve circulation and blood vessel flexibility.
Tomatoes: Tomatoes contain an antioxidant called lycopene, which has long been known to benefit prostate health. Recent research has revealed that compounds in tomatoes provide a natural source of SPF, which can fight free radical damage/wrinkling from within.