Your local farmacy

By: Judy Davie - The Food Coach

For those of you who think I can't spell I'm not talking about chemists; it's a play on words and one that I seized on yesterday after reading an article about various programs across America that are trying innovative ways to improve population health.
In northeast and central Pennsylvania, they have a Fresh Food Farmacy which provides 700 patients with produce, cooking demonstrations and diabetes management tips. The program estimates it spends about $1,000 per person, but saves $8,000 per person for every point drop in blood sugar. It struck me that our local greengrocer should be called the farmacy because there are so many health benefits to be gained from buying produce from there.

Let's walk down the colds and flu section
At this time of year many people are dashing into their local chemist to get the latest night and day cold treatment. How about taking precautions before you get a cold and visit your local farmacy to stock up on Vitamin C and immune boosting produce. During stress, or after a particularly stressful time, our adrenal glands use up about 80% of the body's Vitamin C supply which leaves little for the immune system to draw on to defend the system from an attack of a cold or flu virus.

Fill your basket with
Lemon, grapefruit, tangelo, mandarins, chilli, guava, red capsicum, Brussels sprouts, papaya, kale, parsley, Asian greens, kiwi fruit, blackcurrants, mango, cabbage, broccoli, strawberries, spinach, tomatoes, garlic, shitake mushrooms.

The Inflammation aisle
If you want to ease aches and pains derived from chronic inflammation due to arthritis and injury, fresh produce has wide reaching anti-inflammatory effects.

Fill your basket with
fresh berries for anthocyanins, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and kale for sulforaphane, avocado for potassium, magnesium, fibre and monounsaturated fats, red capsicum for the antioxidant quercetin, and turmeric for the very powerful anti-inflammatory nutrient curcumin.

Eye Care
Red grapes containing anthocyanins and resveratrol are excellent for eye disorders. Also good for eyes are foods that are rich in beta-carotene used to make Vitamin A which helps with the eyes' ability to adjust to darkness.

Fill your basket with
Carrots, kale, spinach, Swiss chard, zucchini, and Brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, rockmelon, and persimmon.

Oral Health Section
For teeth and gums there are lots of things to pick up at the Farmacy to protect the bones in the mouth and battle bacteria and fight plaque. Produce with microbobial properties to neutralise most common types of bacteria that cause gum disease and cavities, vitamin C to reduce inflammation in the gums and fibre to promote the production of saliva and scrape off plaque will all help to maintain healthy gums and sparkling teeth.

Fill your basket with
Onions, and leafy greens such as silverbeet and Swiss chard, capsicum, strawberries, kiwi, oranges, celery, apples, carrots and shitake mushrooms.

Irritable bowel, indigestion, constipation and bloating are common ailments and big earners for the pharmaceutical industry. However if you head to the Farmacy you can definitely find some palatable and affordable pre and probiotics which will help ease the discomfort.

Fill your basket with
Chicory, Jerusalem artichokes, garlic, onions, shallots, spring onions, leeks, cabbage. Also use the cabbage to make sauerkraut or kimchi for its probiotics qualities.

If you have a natural remedy using something which can be bought from the local greengrocer we'd love to hear from you. Drop us a line below and we can share your story.


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