Potent medicinal foods

MedicinalFoodsWe don’t need a pill for every ailment. In fact many of us take too many pills.

A lot of modern ailments are the result of nutrient deficiency, and chemicals in processed food and the environment that prevent proper absorption of the nutrients we do ingest.

There are many nutrient-rich whole foods, each with their own value. Some may be high in fiber and protein but lack vitamins or minerals. Others are particularly potent against specific diseases.

Here are a few foods widely regarded as some of the most powerful and proven all around medicinal foods on earth:

GARLIC would have to go at the top of the list for a track record of healing that extends back into the shadowy mists of ancient history. Many medical books, old and new, have been devoted entirely to the numerous medicinal benefits of this strong herb.

Its powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties actively work to detoxify the body of toxins—a prerequisite of good health. It lowers total cholesterol and blood fat levels, helping to prevent clogged arteries, a major health problem these days.

FLAXSEED is rich in alpha linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid that helps reduce inflammation (again, a major cause of disease).

It is loaded with fiber, magnesium, potassium, zinc and usable protein. Modern populations consume an excess of UN-usable protein.

Noted peacemaker and simple diet advocate Mahatma Gandhi once stated that, “Wherever flaxseed becomes a regular food item among the people, there will be better health.”

MUSHROOMS have powerful effects upon the immune system, especially maitake, shiitake and reishi varieties. Mushrooms help prevent and treat cancer, viral diseases and high blood pressure.

Throughout Asia mushroom compounds are used as an adjunctive cancer treatment to counteract the toxic effects of chemo and radiation, while also helping to shrink tumors. Japanese researchers found that regularly consuming shiitake mushrooms lowered blood cholesterol nearly 50 percent.

AVOCADOS are indeed high in fat. But it’s healthy monounsaturated fat our body needs for energy and countless other functions.

Monounsaturated fat is linked to a reduced risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. According to Ed Bauman, Ph.D, director of Bauman College, avocados aid in blood and tissue regeneration, stabilization of blood sugar and ease heart disorders.

CABBAGE is among the Brassica genus family that includes broccoli, bok choy and cauliflower, that reigns among the supreme of vegetables. They are blood purifiers, immune stimulators and virus killers.

These vegetables are loaded with antioxidants and especially anthocyanins, which aid vision and brain function. Brassica genus (cruciferous vegetables) also contain compounds called indoles which studies have shown that, consumed regularly, could reduce men’s colon cancer by as much as 66 percent.

Those are just a few of the medicinal foods that we may underrate. It’s best to eat a variety of them, plus drink plenty of water, exercise and don’t sit for long periods. Your body will appreciate such efforts.

Source: www.everydayhealth.com



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