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Alessandra Felice prescribes the foods that are medicines available without prescription

Recent years have seen an increased interest in superfoods, adaptogens and medicinal foods as we are more and more aware of how what we eat and assimilate affects every aspect of our physical and psychological health.

There is actually an expanding scientific field called nutrigenomics, which studies how food influences gene expressions and contributes to either health or to disease and how a healthy, but also personalised, diet can be used to prevent and mitigate chronic diseases. It should consequently not come as a surprise how many foods and ingredients, which you may already use everyday, contain specific compounds that give them medicinal properties that can protect against diseases and help to slow the effects of ageing. Here’s a list of some of our favourite sources of plant medicine...


Alessandra is a nutritional therapist and medicinal chef, who trained with die Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York and the College of Naturopathic Medicine In London, www.


Turmeric has been used in India and South East Asia for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. There are bio-active compounds in turmeric, known as curvuminoids. and the one most studied for its medicinal properties and benefits, Ls called curcumin.

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Are you a vegan that's cooking on a budget? This issue is for you! The April edition is packed with dishes that compromise on the cost rather than the flavour. Also, we check out the history of plant milk, get creative with tacos, have fun foraging and discover the top 10 ingredients with medicinal benefits. We've also increased the number of pages in this issue to 132, so there are even more great features for you to check out, including our special eco section. Here you can find out what happens to your waste, we reveal the best way to cut down on plastic and share seven easy eco swaps you can make today. Plus this issue comes with a free meal planner wall chart.