Dr. Merrell shares some food items that he says can heal and/or prevent many common ailments:
- Green Tea. Dr. Merrell suggests drinking green tea over coffee as a caffeinated beverage of choice. "[Green tea] is one the most powerful antioxidants on the planet," he says.
- Elderberry. "Berries are some of the most powerful healing substances we have in terms of the antioxidant capacity, and elderberry has unique properties that actually help the immune system," he says.
- Turmeric. "This is just an ingredient in curry," Dr. Merrell says. "A lot of people prefer to take it in a tablet form. It is a very powerful anti-inflammatory substance." Dr. Merrell says turmeric may be an asset in preventing Alzheimer's disease.
- Omega-3 fatty acids. "My overall favorite supplement is omega-3 fatty acids—fish oil—because they do so much and have been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, arthritis, arrhythmias and depression," he says.