SuperFoods

SuperFoods
Dr. Steve Lipsky MD, FACEP

It has long been known that certain vegetables, fruits, nuts, fish, berries, and teas are good for you, but several are now known to provide health benefits, such as strengthening our immune systems and preventing / combating diseases. These so-called “Superfoods” provide benefits besides basic nutrition, and a recent article in the Arizona Republic discussed 10 of them, (although there is no “official” list):

  • Oats – Reduces bad cholesterol and thus helps prevent heart disease. Research has shown that one bowl per day may reduce cholesterol up to 23%
  • Doctor Housecalls bannerBerries – Red, blue, or black have large stores of antioxidants that protect cells from free radicals and other high energy molecules that are thought to lead to cancer and premature aging. They have more fiber, minerals, and vitamins per weight that other fruits. Some studies show that only 1 cup/wk is effective.
  • Walnuts – These are loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids which protect against cancer, inflammation that causes disease (even those thought to cause heart disease by many) and inflammation that accelerates aging.  They even play a role in possibly stabilizing moods and increasing brainpower. (Dr. Oz loves them!!)
  • Fish rich in Omega-3 – Salmon, mackerel, trout, and swordfish are rich in this fatty acid that is cardioprotective, and has been shown to help treat depression and arthritis. They should be eaten 2-3 times per week.
  • Quinoa – A seed that was a staple of the ancient Incan diet, is a “complete protein” meaning it contains all the 8 essential amino acids that one’s body can use to make the other 13 if needed. These are the building blocks of all proteins in the body. It is a delicious substitute for rice, and is gluten-free.
  • Dark Greens – Spinach, kale, Swiss chard, collard greens, seaweed, etc. are packed with antioxidants that (as above) reduce inflammation that can lead to cancer and heart attacks.
  • Avocado – Lowers cholesterol and helps prevent cancer and heart disease due to containing oleic acid, which is a monounsaturated “good” fat, as well as being packed with minerals.
  • Dark Chocolate – Helps decrease blood pressure, reduce “bad” cholesterol, and is good for the heart.
  • Yogurt – Contains probiotics that are the “good” bacteria that line our intestines. These help to resolve diarrhea problems wherein the normal  bacteria population has been offset, as well as helping boost the immune system, and have been shown to improve asthma, eczema and Crohn’s disease as well.

Dr. Steven Lipsky

Steven J. Lipsky MD, FACEP has been a Board Certified Emergency Physician in Arizona for the last 41 years, and a resident of the Town of Paradise Valley for the last 40 years. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from New York University School of Medicine and did post-graduate training in Family Practice at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix before going into the full-time practice of Emergency Medicine in 1975. Dr. Lipsky has worked in every type of Emergency Department in Arizona – from inner city and rural, small volume and large, public and private hospitals, teaching and nonteaching hospitals. He has taught at the Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine – Division of Clinical Education, as well as in Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona. He has received the highest number of patient satisfaction letters in his group at multiple facilities and has been recognized at Paradise Valley Hospital for his outstanding performance. A past president of the Arizona College of Emergency Physicians (representing over 800 Emergency Physicians in our state) along with many other positions in the organization, Dr. Lipsky was also one of six Councillors representing Arizona to the National Council of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Lipsky built, owned, and was the Medical Director for the first 24hr free-standing Emergicenter and Advanced Life Support Ambulance Service in Jamaica. In conjunction with USAID, Cornell Medical Center’s School of Public Health, the Ministry of Health and Environmental Control of Jamaica, and the U.S. Peace Corps, he participated in a successful program to stem infant mortality in rural areas.

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