Is it possible that there have been clues right in front of us regarding which fruits and vegetables we should eat to heal ailments? The Doctrine of Food Signatures describes how foods that visually resemble a body part support the health of that body part and has the science to back it up.
Why don’t you be the judge? Here are 12 Healing Foods that look like the body part they benefit:
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1. Grapefruit and the Breast
Grapefruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts. Grapefruit contains limonoids, which have been shown to inhibit the development of cancer in lab animals and human breast cells.
I ‘HEART’ This Fruit!
2. Tomatoes and the Heart
Tomatoes resemble the heart more than any other fruit, and they are loaded with lycopene. Lycopene has been referred to as heart and blood food for its powerful ability to fight free radicals! Tomatoes have four chambers just like the heart. Evidence has shown that the consumption of lycopene help reduce the risk of heart disease. Tomatoes are also filled with Vitamin C which is needed for all around good health.
3. Figs And Testicles
Figs seeds and sperm hang in twos when they grow, and they are compared to testes. When you open this fruit, you can see that it is full of seeds. Figs increase the motility of male sperm and increase the number of sperm as well to overcome male sterility. They are usually consumed with a glass of milk before sleep to overcome infertility.
“EYE” See The Resemblance In Carrots!
4. Carrots and the Eye
Slice a Carrot and you have “The Iris of an Eye” Carrots contain beta-carotene, which our body converts into Vitamin A, an essential nutrient for the eye’s overall health. Deficiency of the Vitamin A can easily lead to eye dryness, swollen eyelids, corneal ulcers, or even blindness!
Isn’t It ‘GRAPE’ To Be Able To Breathe In That Fresh Air?
5. Grapes and the Lungs
Grapes resemble the alveoli of the lungs. The alveoli are the tiny air sacs in the lungs through which the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide takes place. These structures allow oxygen to pass from the lungs into the blood stream. A diet high in grapes, especially heirloom grapes, has shown to reduce the risk of lung cancer and emphysema. Grape seeds also contain a chemical called proanthocyanidin, which is thought to lessen the severity of asthma triggered by allergy.
Boy oh Boy, Do ‘AVACADO’ One For You!
6. Avocado and Uterus
The avocado has the shape of a pregnant woman and a swollen seed inside. The avocado has been known to aid with fertility as well as provide the essential fats needed during pregnancy to help in the development of the baby. Avocados also reduce the risk of cervical cancer and aid in the health of the womb. Finally, just like a developing baby, the avocado takes nine months to ripen!
Sweet! This Plant May Help With Diabetes!
7. Sweet Potatoes and The Pancreas
Whoa! Wait a minute! Are you saying a ‘sweet’ potato has significant health benefits for an organ that helps with sugar load in the body? Yep! Now that’s ironic! Despite its’ sweet name, this potato helps the Pancreas function correctly! The elongated shape and orange colour of a sweet potato bear an uncanny resemblance to the elongated orange coloured Pancreas. Studies show that sweet potatoes can help stabilize blood sugar levels by releasing sugars gradually into the bloodstream. This amazing potato not only helps lower insulin resistance, but it’s an excellent source of beta-carotene!
A great low glycemic food for a diabetic. They are also an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B6. Additionally, they are a good source of potassium, dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, and phosphorus.
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8. Mushrooms and The Ear
Mushrooms produce vitamin D, which helps with your bones, especially the auditory ossicles found in your ear. They are the three smallest bones in the human body (the malleus, incus, and stapes). These bones play a major role in the sense of hearing by transmitting sounds to the inner ear! I hear that!
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9. Ginger and the Stomach
Ginger Root looks just like the stomach! For centuries, ginger root has been used as the ultimate “cure” for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and pain. Ginger naturally contains gingerols and shogaols. These naturally occurring chemicals can help relax smooth muscle, such as the muscle that lines the intestinal track, and therefore relieve stomach cramps or a colicky stomach ache.
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10. Walnut and The Brain
When it comes to brain health, eating walnuts is a N0-Brainer! They have a remarkably high concentration of DHA, a type of Omega-3 fatty acid. Among other things, DHA has been shown to protect brain health in newborns, improve cognitive performance in adults, and prevent or ameliorate age-related cognitive decline. One study even shows that mothers who get enough DHA may have smarter kids. Just a quarter cup of walnuts provides nearly 100% of the recommended daily intake of DHA. Walnuts have shown to help ward off dementia. They also extract and break down the protein-based plaques associated with Alzheimer’s diseases.
Celery May Snap Easily, But Your Bones Won’t!
11. Celery, Bok Choy and Rhubarb and Bones
Celery and other green vegetables in its category, are foods specifically targeted to bone strength. Celery is 25% sodium, and so are bones! When you lack sodium in your system, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish and maintain balance to the skeletal needs of the body. Celery is very rich in vitamin K and also contains vitamin A, potassium, and vitamin C. The vegetable contains 1.6 grams of fiber per 100 grams.
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12. Red Wine and Blood
Red wine is rich in antioxidants and polyphenols, including powerful resveratrol.
Resveratrol might be a key ingredient in red wine that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduces low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol) and prevents blood clots.
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