Food as Medicine - Amazing Health Benefits of Foods
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9th Jan 2013, 11:13 AM #1
Food as Medicine - Amazing Health Benefits of FoodsGarlicGarlic is one of the foods which has been used since ancient times as a medicine for its anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties.
Here are some of the medicinal uses of garlic:
Garlic helps strengthen our immune system and helps in fighting diseases.
Garlic acts as an antiseptic helps heal wounds and bruises quickly.
Garlic helps to prevent and relieve colds and coughs.
Garlic has been used since old ages as an effective nasal decongestant and expectorant. Add lots of garlic to a warm soup to help clear chest congestion
Garlic has been known to provide relief from bronchitis and other respiratory problems.
Garlic helps clean your digestive system and helps kill internal parasites.
Garlic has been known to contain chemicals that prevent cancer. Adding garlic to your diet regularly provides protection against cancer.
Garlic helps to lower bad cholesterol (LDL)
Lower Blood Pressure:
Garlic helps to reduce blood pressure and promotes a healthy heart.
Garlic acts as a blood thinner and helps improve circulation.
9th Jan 2013, 11:17 AM #2
Re: Food as MedicineHoly Basil
Holy Basil also known as Tulsi is an aromatic plant which has been used widely in traditional medicine for its healing properties.
Here are some of the medicinal uses of holy basil:
Stabilizes Blood Sugar Levels:
Tulsi can lower blood sugar levels and is an established medicine for treating some types of diabetes.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Reduces high fever
Relieves Cough and Cold
Holy basil is considered to improve vitality and is used as an energizing tonic and is also used to treat depression.
The juice of holy basil can be used to heal ulcers in the mouth.
To Treat Acne:
The juice of holy basil applied to acne prone areas proves to be an excellent home remedy for acne
Insect Bites and Stings:
In ayurvedic medicine this herb is used to provide relief from insect bites and stings
Tulsi juice is believed to prevent cataracts
Protection from Radiation:
Recent studies have shown that tulsi can offer protection against radiation poisoning.
Holy Basil juice provides relief from itching caused by ring worm
In ayurvedic remedies tulsi is also used to treat various poisoning, stomach disorders, headaches, skin problems, malaria etc.
Last edited by Nishahameetha; 9th Jan 2013 at 11:18 AM.
9th Jan 2013, 11:18 AM #3
9th Jan 2013, 11:22 AM #4
Re: Food as MedicineHoney
Honey is one of the most wonderful medicine provided by nature. It is also known as nature's antibiotic.
Here are some of its medicinal properties:
Honey acts as an antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal agent and helps disinfect and speed the healing process in wounds, scrapes and burns. Honey has antiinflammatory characteristics which help reduce pain and swelling. Its antibacterial properties prevent the spread of infection.
Honey helps reduce the appearance of scars and slowly fades them.
Allergy and Hay Fever:
Consuming honey from your local area daily helps with allergies and hay fever.
Honey has tranquilizing properties and helps with insomnia. Add honey to warm milk and drink before sleeping to get a good nights rest.
Under Weight Issues:
For those of you who are under weight and looking to add a few pounds, drinking honey with cold milk at night helps add weight.
Drinking honey with warm water and lemon first thing in the morning helps burn excess body fat and lose weight.
Honey contains vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, and is a wonderful beauty aid that nourishes the skin and the hair. Honey acts as a excellent moisturizer and it is useful to treat mild sunburns. It also helps you get a soft and supple skin.
Honey has anti-oxidants which provide defense against free radicals, which cause cell damage.
Absorption of calcium is increased with honey intake.
Cough and Sore Throat Remedy:
Honey is an excellent cough remedy and its antimicrobial property helps sooth a sore throat.
Honeys anti-fungal property helps treat athlete's foot and other fungal infections.
Honey can also be used to treat ring worm.
Honey aids good digestive health and helps relieve constipation, diarrhea, ulcers and upset stomach.
Honey helps to reduce and relieve yeast infections.
Eczema and Psoriasis:
Honey can be used to provide relief from Psoriasis and Eczema.
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9th Jan 2013, 11:26 AM #5
Re: Food as MedicineMintMint is a very aromatic and flavourful herb and is used widely used in cuisines all over the world. They add a fresh taste to add dish they are added to and makes them very refreshing. There are several different varieties of mint, the most commonly used ones being peppermint and spearmint. Mint is an excellent source of manganese, Vitamin C and Vitamin A.
Here are some of the medicinal properties of mint:
Mint helps soothe the digestive tract and settles a nervous stomach . It is also used to treat stomach aches .
Mint helps neutralize bad breath and provides a refreshing breath.
Helps whiten teeth
Mint provides relief from asthma
Helps with many allergy conditions
Mint juices helps cure acne and fade scars
Mint tea is a strong diuretic and helps you lose water weight
Can help relive congestion caused by common cold
Mint is a potential anti-cancer agent
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9th Jan 2013, 11:30 AM #6
Re: Food as MedicineDates
Dates is among the most ancient fruits grown and used by man. It is rich in iron, calcium, phosphorous and vitamin C.
Dates are good in providing instant energy and very good for sportsmen and athletes.
Eating dates regularly leads to good stomach and colon health. It helps remove unwanted toxins from colon.
Its rich fiber content helps relieve constipation. To get relief from constipation soak 4-5 dates in water at night. In the morning drink the water and eat the soaked dates. Doing this regularly provides relief from constipation.
Mashing a date along with honey and eating helps relieve diarrhea.
Improves fertility in men.
The rich iron content helps cure anemia.
9th Jan 2013, 11:34 AM #7
Re: Food as MedicineStrawberry
Strawberries are a rich source of Vitamin C, and an excellent source of vitamin K and manganese, as well as folic acid, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, copper and magnesium.
Here are some of the medicinal properties of strawberry:
Strawberries are rich in phytonutrients which make it an excellent anti-oxidant. This high antioxidant power protects the body from free radicals.
Healthy Heart, Cancer Prevention:
The phenol content in them makes them a heart-protective fruit and an anti-cancer fruit.
Strawberry is an anti-inflammatory fruit.
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9th Jan 2013, 11:38 AM #8
Re: Food as MedicinePineapple
Pineapples are rich in magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, potassium, manganese, iron, vitamin A and are loaded with vitamin C. They also contain bromelain which make pineapple full of medicinal value.
Here are some of the medicinal properties of the fruit Pineapple:
Pineapple has manganese which helps prevent bone fractures and osteoporosis.
Fresh pineapple is rich in bromelain a protein-digesting enzyme that helps aid digestion.
Pineapple also effectively reduces inflammation and swelling.
Pineapples are rich in Vitamin C, Manganese and Thiamine which make it an excellent anti-oxidant and build the immune system.
Help avoid blockages in the arteries.
The rich source of manganese in Pineapples makes it an excellent energy producing food.
9th Jan 2013, 11:41 AM #9
Re: Food as MedicinePapaya
Here are some of the medicinal properties of the fruit papaya:
Healthy Skin and Eyes:
Papaya is rich in beta carotene which is good for your skin and eyes.
Papaya has an enzyme that helps digest proteins.
The nutrients in papaya promote the health of the cardiovascular system.
It also provides protection against colon cancer.
Papayas are an excellent source of the following Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Vitamin E which have excellent anti-oxidant property and help build the immune system.
9th Jan 2013, 11:44 AM #10
Re: Food as MedicineYogurt
Our body needs a healthy amount of good bacteria in our digestive tract for a healthy life. Yogurt contains lot of these active cultures or good bacteria. Yogurt is also rich in calcium, vitamin B-2, B-12, potassium, and magnesium.
Here are some of the health benefits of Yogurt:
Yogurt with active cultures promotes digestive health and helps relive constipation, diarrhea, and is good for colon and bowel health.
High calcium levels in yogurt helps prevent and relieve Osteoporosis.
Improves natural defense and boosts the immune system.
Reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
Provides relief from vaginal infections. The good bacteria in yogurt prevents imbalances in body's yeast levels.
Urinary tract infections:
Yogurt with active cultures is also believed to help relieve urinary tract infections.
Bone and Teeth Health:
Since yogurt is rich in calcium it promotes bone and teeth health.
Yogurt's rich calcium levels also encourages weight loss. The protein in yogurt also helps curb appetite and makes you feel full longer.