On this week's Live Cooking Experience from the IBI kitchen, Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. and Chef Bill made a delicious Rosemary Lemon Cod.
Not only is this recipe healthy and very tasty, but it contains several foods that can help relieve your back pain:
Rosemary as an Anti-inflammatory
One of the main functions of rosemary is to act as an anti-inflammatory agent in the body. It contains two powerful antioxidents and anti-inflammatory compunds called Carnosol and Carnosic acid, which have been linked to reducing inflammation of joints, muscles, and blood vessels. This makes it an effective treatment for many things, including blood pressure, gout, arthritis, and injuries sustained during physical exertion or surgery. Furthermore, the reduction in inflammation in the cardiovascular system can help to boost heart health and prevent atherosclerosis from appearing.
Cod as an Anti-inflammatory
Cod contains a great combination of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A and vitamin D:
Omega-3 fatty acids: Act as an anti-inflammatory; an alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for discogenic pain.
Vitamin A: Beta-carotene is a provitamin that converts to vitamin A in the body. We can boost the vitamin A in our bodies by eating a wide range of vegetables including broccoli, carrots, dandelion, spinach, cantaloupe, kale, sweet potato, and collard greens.
Vitamin D: Helps reduce inflammation and insufficient vitamin D is associated with a range of inflammatory conditions. We get it in foods such as fish, egg yolks, and organ meats. It’s also found in foods that have been supplemented with vitamin D, such as milk.
Olive Oil as an Anti-inflammatory
Extra virgin olive oil contains more than 36 phenolic compounds. One specific compound in particular, known as oleocanthal, has been discovered to have powerful natural anti-inflammatory benefits. oleocanthal exhibits the same anti-inflammatory response in the body as Ibuprofen, acting down the exact same pathways as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory.
Here is the recipe to make this simple dinner at home:
Serves: 4 Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 11 Mins
2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
1 ½ lbs. of cod, skinned and boned, cut into 4 filets
1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary, chopped
½ teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
½ teaspoon of sea salt
Juice of 1 lemon
In a large pan over medium-high, heat the olive oil. BE CAREFUL!
Season cod with rosemary, pepper and salt. Add the fish and cook for 5 minutes per side until opaque
Pour the lemon juice over the cod fillets and cook for 1 additional min.
Calories: 246, Total Fat: 9g, Total Carbohydrates: 1g, Sugar <1g,
Fiber: <1g, Protein: 39g, Sodium: 370mg
Join us for our Live Cooking Experience next Wednesday at 5:30 where we will be making a quick and healthy dish that is perfect for Super Bowl Sunday!
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