Nature has a way to give us signs for what to eat to heal a certain body part. Did you know that some foods which are very good for a particular part of the body actually looks like that organ?
Often in our busy lives, whatever problems we are experiencing, the solutions are right in front of us and we miss clear clues showing its obvious importance. The same goes with foods to eat that are beneficial to the body. Sometimes, it’s as easy as just looking at healthy foods and see what part of the body they look like.
Here are a few fact filled examples, the information is quite mesmerising and aid us to know about nature in a better way.
CARROTS for EYES
Slice a carrot and it looks just like an eye. It’s a clear clue to its importance for vision. Carrots get their orange colour from a plant chemical called beta-carotene, which reduces the risk of developing cataracts. The chemical also protects against macular degeneration an age-related sight problem that affects one in four over-65s. But popping a beta-carotene pill does not have the same effect, say scientists.
WALNUT for BRAIN
The gnarled folds of a walnut mimic the appearance of a human brain and provide a clue to the benefits. Walnuts are the only nuts which contain significant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. They may also help head off dementia. An American study found that walnut extract broke down the protein-based plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers found walnuts reversed some signs of brain ageing in rats. Walnuts also appear to enhance signalling within the brain and encourage new messaging links between brain cells.
TOMATO for HEART
A tomato is red and usually has four chambers, just like our heart. Tomatoes are also a great source of lycopene, a plant chemical that reduces the risk of heart disease and several cancers. The highest blood levels of lycopene had 30 percent less heart disease than those who had very little lycopene. Lab experiments have also shown that lycopene helps counter the effect of unhealthy LDL cholesterol. One Canadian study said there was convincing evidence that lycopene prevented coronary heart disease.
GRAPES for LUNGS
Our lungs are made up of branches of ever-smaller airways that finish up with tiny bunches of tissue called alveoli. These structures, which resemble bunches of grapes, allow oxygen to pass from the lungs to the blood stream. One reason that very premature babies struggle to survive is that these alveoli do not begin to form until week 23 or 24 of pregnancy. A diet high in fresh fruit, such as grapes, has been shown to reduce the risk of lung cancer and emphysema. Grape seeds also contain a chemical called proanthocyanidin, which appears to reduce the severity of asthma triggered by allergy.
CHEESE for BONES
A nice cheese, like Emmenthal, is not just good for your bones; it even resembles their internal structure. And like most cheeses, it is a rich source of calcium, a vital ingredient for strong bones and reducing the risk of osteoporosis later in life. Together with another mineral called phosphate, it provides the main strength in bones but also helps to power muscles. Getting enough calcium in the diet during childhood is crucial for strong bones. A study showed teens who increased calcium intake from 800mg a day to 1200mg equal to an extra two slices of cheddar – boosted their bone density by six per cent.
GINGER for the STOMACH
Root ginger often looks just like the stomach. So it’s interesting that one of its biggest benefits is aiding digestion. The Chinese have been using it for over 2,000 years to calm the stomach and cure nausea, while it is also a popular remedy for motion sickness. But the benefits could go much further. Tests on mice found injecting the chemical that gives ginger its flavor slowed down the growth rate of bowel tumors.
BANANA (SMILE) DEPRESSION
Cheer yourself up and put a smile on your face by eating a banana. The popular fruit contains a protein called tryptophan. Once it has been digested, tryptophan then gets converted into serotonin. This is one of the most important mood-regulating chemicals in the brain and most anti-depressant drugs work by adjusting levels of serotonin production. Higher levels are associated with better moods. Also the potassium, magnesium and manganese in a banana helps to whiten teeth, helping you to have a lovely smile.
MUSHROOM for EAR
Slice a mushroom in half and it resembles the shape of the human ear. And guess what? Adding it to your cooking could actually improve your hearing. This is because mushrooms are one of the few foods in our diet that contain vitamin D. This particular vitamin is important for healthy bones, even the tiny ones in the ear that transmit sound to the brain.
BROCCOLI for ANTI CANCER
Close-up, the tiny green tips on a broccoli head look like hundreds of cancer cells. Now scientists know this disease-busting vegetable can play a crucial role in preventing the disease. Last year, a team of researchers at the US National Cancer Institute found just a weekly serving of broccoli was enough to reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 45 per cent. In Britain, prostate cancer kills one man every hour.
Written for Nee Hao Magazine by Zeeshan Hussain
About the author:
Medical Observer at First Affiliated Hospital of Xinjiang Medical University
English Language Trainer at Beijing Century Consulting & Service Co. Ltd
People’s Republic of China (中国人民共和国)
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