How Do FoodTrients Work Like Medicine?

mortar and pestle with herbs

In both of my cookbooks, I have included a chart that lists the FoodTrients nutrients, their benefits, which foods are loaded with them, and their properties (anti-inflammatory) Ai, disease preventing F, etc.) along with my 8 symbols. Here are just a few examples:


Clove and Bulb of Garlic


Garlic contains the FoodTrient allicin, which is an anti-inflammatory that reduces the risk of heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and cancer. So if you have trouble with rashes, allergies, swelling, or atherosclerosis add garlic to your meals whenever possible.






The root of the ginger plant has its own very special FoodTrient called gingerol. Gingerol has the power to alleviate nausea (a side effect of many medications) and reduce the risk of cancer. It’s also an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. I grate fresh gingerroot and put a teaspoon or two of it into both sweet and savory foods—everything from cakes and cookies to chicken stew and stir-fries.





Parsley and other bright green grassy herbs—such as watercress and wheatgrass—contain lots of chlorophyll, a FoodTrient that protects against certain cancers. Parsley and its companion herbs are also full of antioxidants, which will help you look and feel younger. They’re perfect in salads, soups, and even some fruit-and-veggie smoothies.


CATECHINS – FMBbeautyweight-loss

Green Tea

Green Tea

Green and black teas are full of the FoodTrient catechins, which are super-antioxidants that help reduce the risk of heart disease and heart attack. Those at high risk for heart attack should consider drinking a cup of tea at least every day. The catechins in tea also help prevent cavities, promote weight loss, and protect against certain cancers.





Turmeric (found in many curry powder mixes) is rife with curcumin—a FoodTrient highly valued in India. Indians have long had a lower incidence of heart disease and Alzheimer’s than Americans and new studies are showing that curcumin may be the major reason why. Curcumin is a strong antioxidant Ao, antibacterial F, and anti-inflammatory Ai that works in the body to reduce swelling of the skin, arteries, brain (as in Alzheimer’s disease), bowel (especially in irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease), joints (as in arthritis), and nasal passages (as in allergies). It therefore reduces the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. I have tons of recipes using turmeric, it’s one of my top favorite spices. In my first cookbook, The Age GRACEfully Cookbook, look for my recipes for Turkey in Turmeric and my Fresh Turmeric Juice. In my new cookbook, The AGE BEAUTIFULLY Cookbook, I hope you will try my Egg Salad with Turmeric, my Curried Chicken Salad, and my hot dish, Chicken Curry with Moringa.

About Grace O

Grace O has been cooking and baking professionally and recreationally all of her adult life. As a child in Southeast Asia, she learned the culinary arts by her mother’s side in her family’s cooking school. She became so well versed in hospitality and the culinary arts, she eventually took over the cooking school and opened three restaurants. She is widely credited with popularizing shrimp on sugar-cane skewers and being one of the first culinarians to make tapas a global trend. She has cooked for ruling families and royalty. Grace O’s move to America precipitated a career in healthcare, inspired by her father, who was a physician. Twenty years and much hard work later, she operates skilled nursing facilities in California. Grace O strives to create flavorful food using the finest ingredients that ultimately lead to good health. Her recipes, although low in saturated fat, salt, and sugar, are high in flavor. Grace employs spices from all over the world to enliven her dishes, creating food that is different and delicious. She believes that food can be just as effective at fighting aging as the most expensive skin creams. And since she’s over 50 herself, she’s living proof of that.
What Do FoodTrients Do?
Ai Anti- inflammatories

Reduce inflammatory process in cells, tissues, and blood vessels, helping to slow aging and reduce risk of long-term disease.

Ao Anti- oxidant

Prevents and repairs oxidative damage to cells caused by free radicals.

IB Immunity Boosters

Support the body’s resistance to infection and strengthen immune vigilance and response.

MB Mind

Improves mood, memory, and focus.

F Disease Prevention

Reduces risk factors for common degenerative and age-related diseases.