Self Defense Cookbook

selfdOxidative stress, inflammation, and toxins. They are a part of life for human beings, and even eating itself can trigger high levels of oxidative stress. These factors are a major contributor to diseases, including cancer, asthma, arthritis, heart disease, smoking-related diseases, and diseases of the brain such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Friends and I put together a small cookbook with a unique take on choosing which ingredients to use in recipes. Ingredients were chosen that have been shown in scientific studies to stimulate the body’s production of its own anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification enzymes, also known as cytoprotective enzymes. In addition, several ingredients were chosen based on their ability to prevent oxidative stress from occurring after eating. These “active ingredients” are underlined in each recipe.

There is strong scientific evidence that consumption of foods that activate the body’s cytoprotective enzymes can lower oxidative stress, toxins and inflammation levels in the body. This in turn can help to prevent or mitigate many types of diseases.

The intent of this cookbook is to create recipes which are easy to cook, taste great, and can help incorporate these active ingredients into our daily lifestyles.

If you'd like a free pdf copy, email me at aimee.eggler@villanova.edu.