Food as medicine. Healing properties of some common foods

Your food is a powerhouse of nourishment containing vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals and macro nutrients. Different foods have a vast array of affects once they get digested and absorbed into your body. You literally are made of the food that you eat. Read on to see a list of some of the healing properties of some common foods.

Foods as medicine – a useful list

Apples:  Vitamin C, pectin fibre

Apricot:  Beta-carotene, iron, fibre, potassium

Artichokes:  Folate and potassium, regulate cholesterol & tone liver

Aubergines:  Anthocyanins (antioxidant)

Avocado:  Vitamin E, potassium, vitamin B6, C, manganese, riboflavin, sterols, glutathione

Bananas:  Potassium, soothing on stomach, natural sugar source

Beetroot:  Vitamin c, folate, potassium and other minerals, immune support, natural sugar, betaine

Blackberries:  Vitamin C, fibre, folate, bioflavonoids, anthocyanin

Blueberries:  Antibacterial, anthocyanin

Brazil nuts:  Selenium, antioxidant

Broccoli:  Vitamin C, beta carotene, folate, iron, potassium

Cabbage:  Vit C, K, E, potassium beta-carotene folate thiamine

Carrot:  Beta-carotene, fibre, natural sugar

Cauliflower:  Vitamin C, sulphurous compounds

Celery:  Potassium, anti-inflammatory, sedative

Chicory:  Inulin, detoxifying

Citrus fruit:  Vitamin C, thiamine, folate, pectin

Cranberries:  bladder, kidney, urinary tract, antibacterial

Grapefruit:  Vitamin C, pectin (soluble fibre)

Grapes:  Potassium, antioxidants

Leeks:  Potassium, folate, diuretic

Onions and garlic:  Natural ‘cure-all’, regulates blood cholesterol levels, prevents blood clotting, decongestant, sulphur compounds

Papaya:  Vitamin C, beta carotene, calcium, iron, enzymes

Peppers:  (red) Vitamin C, beta carotene, bioflavonoids

Pineapple:  Vitamin C, digestive enzyme(bromelain), anti-inflammatory

Salad leaves:  Vitamin C, beta carotene, folate, calcium, iron, potassium

Strawberry:  Vitamin C, liver tonic, digestive cleaner,

Tomato:  Vitamin C, E, carotenoids, potassium, lycopene


Article by Jo Rowkins dipNT MBANT, nutritional therapist and founder of awakening health.


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