Food as Medicine: Sardines are Beautiful

Introducing sardines into the diet is an excellent way to decrease inflammation and the risk of heart disease and stroke. Omega-3 sssential fatty acids like EPA and DHA are important components of the cell membranes of all cells in the human body; they are found in abundance in sardines – 2,000mg per 4 ounce per can. They play a critical role in preventing inflammation; improving skin health and immune function; and neurological function.

My favorite is skinless sardines that are canned in water and are produced by Crown Prince. My local health food stores carry them or you can get them through Amazon.com. Mix this with olive oil, dill, cumin, salt, pepper, chopped cucumber, and chopped celery and it makes a healthy tuna salad replacement that is safe for women of child-bearing age and young children.

Sardines are low in toxins because they are low on the food chain (the higher up the food chain you go the more concentrated toxins get) and they also contain plenty of protein, calcium, and iron in addition to the EPA and DHA fatty acids. Talk about food as medicine!

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