Food As Medicine: Apples, Asparagus, Artichoke

Food As Medicine: Apples, Asparagus, Artichoke
Scott Sporleder, Photographer
  • Apple
  • Asparagus
  • Artichoke

Explore this selection of some of Dr. Doug’s all time favorite medicinal foods and why.

The food we choose to eat can either harm or heal. When we select foods that are local and organic, we support the health of our greater environment, and our own. Just ask Dr. Doug! He has been practicing Chiropractic Kinesiologist for over 30 years and has written and lectured on the power of good food as medicine.

What makes good food? We’re excited to share with this first resource in a series in which Dr. Doug will share his favorite medicinal foods from A to Z, and why they’re best for your particular body.

  • APPLES - As we all  know an apple a day keeps the doctor away. I doubt, however, the author of this old quote was thinking of the beautiful, but endlessly sprayed, supermarket variety. Nevertheless,  apples have occupied a special place in folk medicine for thousands of years. The soluble fiber in apples, pectin, has proved to improve cholesterol risk factors, regulate digestion and blood sugar, and kill cancerous cells. Eating apples improves gum health and is antiviral. Try apple sauce mixed with plain yogurt. It tastes like an apple cheesecake and has worked very well with my patients suffering from diarrhea. If you want easy access to organic apples, consider growing your own! With some diligence, apples can be grown organically with excellent results even in our warm dry climate. The early apples, Anna and Dorset Golden, and fall apples Braeburn and Jonagold have worked out particularly well in my orchard.
  • ASPARAGUS - Very useful to help tonify the liver, especially after hepatitis or excessive exposure to environmental toxins. The water left after steaming organic asparagus is very good for occasional water retention as it promotes urination.  The tuberous root of asparagus is high in steroidal glycosides and has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years as a potent anti-inflammatory. Finally asparagus is very rich in folic acid which is one of the most lacking essential nutrients in  the "average" american diet. Plus, for any gardeners out there, asparagus is one of the few vegetables that resists drought, an important fact given our current lack of rain.
  • ARTICHOKE - With milk thistle and dandelion, an effective liver decongestive.