Sometimes nature sends us clear messages that surprisingly take us so long to understand.Modern science is beginning to discover some amazing facts about Nature that were known to ancient civilizations centuries ago.
For example, an old European philosophy called “The Doctrine of Signatures” recognized the hidden purpose behind the form and shape of plants and animals.Recent research has revealed that that numerous fruits and vegetables look like the organs of the body whose health they promote. Let’s examine some of them.
A carrot slice looks like our eye. Its center resembles the pupil of an eye, and the lines spreading from it imitate the pattern of the iris. Carrots have a rich content of beta-carotene, a substance that gives them the conspicuous orange color. It lowers the risk of cataracts and prevents age-related degeneration of eye sight.
Macular degeneration occurs in one of four persons aged 65 and older and it is one of the main reasons for loss of eyesight in elderly people. An artificial substitute in the form of pill is not as effective as the beta-carotene intake in its fresh form, according to researchers from John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Carrots also improve circulation to the eye, promoting their function.
When you cut a tomato in half, you will surely notice that it is red in color and has four sections or chambers, just like the heart’s anatomy. Tomato is bursting with lycopene, which is an antioxidant that acts a powerful defender of heart health, among other things.
A new study, available for reading in PLOS ONE, has shown that the lycopene improves the function of blood vessels and reduces the chance of getting a heart attack and stroke. Research has also shown that this chemical fights against the actions of bad cholesterol that leads to cardiovascular problems.
The shape, the wrinkles and the lines on a walnut bear a striking resemblance to human brain.It even has two exact sides that reflect the shape of the left and the right side of the brain.
Walnut is called brain food for a good reason: it is full of omega-3 fatty acids that boost brain activity and facilitate the production or neuron-transmitters that improve the communication between brain cells.
Alzheimer’s disease is a horrible condition that affects a growing number of people worldwide. Walnuts provide good protection against it. A new study by Dr. James Joseph of Tuft University in Boston has revealed that walnut extract can destroy the structure of the abnormal formations that are related to Alzheimer’s.
Celery stems have the appearance of long bones.
It is no wonder that celery empowers the bone structure with its rich content of silicon, a constituent of molecular structure that strengthens our bones.
Furthermore, celery contains 23 percent of sodium, which is the exact same amount of this mineral found in our bones. If our diet is very poor in sodium, our body extracts it from the bones to compensate for the lack, which in turn weakens them. So celery is a perfect vegetable to refill our body’s sodium requirements.
GRAPEFRUITS AND ORANGES-BREASTS
The shape of grapefruits and oranges cut in half brings to mind the structure of female breasts.
These citrus fruits are beneficial for them, too. Oranges in particular improve the lymph flow through the breasts. Lymph is a yellowish clear liquid that takes away the waste products and pathogens from our body and boosts our immune system.
On the other hand, the specific phytochemicals called limonoids in grapefruit do not allow the cancerous cells to form in the breast tissue.
Sweet potatoes remind us of the pancreas. This important organ is responsible for the production of insulin, a hormone that enables our bodies to utilize sugar from carbohydrates in the food.
The high content of beta-carotene in sweet potatoes prevents damage of the pancreatic tissue, as well as cancerous growths in this organ.
Sweet potatoes also regulate the level of sugar in the blood, which is extremely important for diabetic patients.
The shape of the banana is similar to our smiling lips. Consuming bananas will truly make you smile. The substance tryptophan in them is transformed into serotonin when it is digested in our body. Serotonin is a chemical responsible for controlling our mood and making us cheerful. So don’t go for antidepressant pills, rather eat a banana a day to help you feel optimistic and to lift up your spirits.
Ginger matches the shape of our stomach. It is actually a perfect spice to turn to when you suffer from indigestion, irritable stomach, nausea and morning sickness. Its ability to calm the upset stomach has been known for centuries by ancient civilizations and it has been officially recognized by the US Department of Agriculture and numerous studies.
Grapes look like alveoli, small branch-like formations in our lungs that enable oxygen to enter our blood stream. This fruit reduces the possibility for development of cancer in the lungs.
The substance contained in the grapes, proanthocyanidin, can significantly calm the symptoms of asthma caused by allergy.
Uterus has the shape of a bulb- just like avocado.
This amazing fruit abounds in folic acid, which significantly lowers the risk of pre-cancerous and cancerous formation in the cervix. Research has confirmed that the consumption of one avocado per week promotes hormone balance and weight loss. And isn’t it interesting that the transition from avocado blossom to mature fruit lasts 9 months?
MUSHROOMS – EARS
Mushroom halves are close to human ears in shape. They are also very healthy for our hearing since they are a rich source of vitamin D, which strengthens the tiny bones in our ears responsible for the transmission of sound to the brain.
It is delightful news that we can safely consume red wine in moderation.
Red wine, resembling our blood, contains chemicals that thin the blood and prevent the formation of clots in it, reducing the risk of strokes and cardiovascular disease.
Resveratrol is a mighty antioxidant in red wine that guards the health of our cells.
FIGS SEEDS – SPERMS
Fig seeds, that resemble male sperm, actually enhance their number, speed and motility.
OLIVES – OVARIES
Olives look just like ovaries. They contain healthy fats and minerals that support the health of ovaries and lower the risk for ovarian cancer. This finding has been confirmed by the study carried out in Milan in 2002. This risk was reduced by 30 % in women who consumed a greater amount of olive oil.
So “let food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food”, like the wise Hippocrates advised us. Not only does Nature provide us with all the products we need to be healthy, but it also gives us specific guidelines as to which foods are good for our organs. We just need to follow them.