Drug companies have looked for many years for a key to pharmaceutically reversing obesity and cardiovascular disease by calming inflammation. The best they can come up with is the “polypill,” a combo pill that includes aspirin, a statin, a beta-blocker, an ACE inhibitor, and folic acid.
Nutrition researchers decided to create and study a “polymeal” made up of wild fish, vegetables, and garlic (basically, the Mediterranean diet). It even includes (good dark) chocolate and red wine! What did they find out? The polymeal outperformed the polypill at calming inflammation and reducing heart disease.
PPAR receptors are sensors found on the surface of the nuclei, home of the genetic “settings” on our cells. They are there to monitor the cellular environment and instruct the nucleus to react appropriately to current conditions inside the cell.
The PPAR receptor is like a “wellness switch.” When it’s “on” or activated, it sends the message to the genetic control center of the cell that all is well in the world. The nucleus continues expressing healthy genes. When the switch is off, the nucleus gets the “starvation” message– all is not right. The cell responds by “turning on the bad genes,” initiating inflammatory processes that slow metabolism and lead to fat storage, weight gain, and cardiovascular disease.
Why did the “polymeal” work? Because your body reads the food you eat to get a sense of the environment. Good food turns on the wellness switch! The healthy proteins, carbs, and fats found in these unprocessed whole foods tell the nucleus of your cells that all is well in the world, and there is no need to be inflamed.
Unfortunately, the mainstream medical community did not take this amazing study seriously. But you can!!