Some of the most powerful medicines on the planet are masquerading around as foods and spices. While they do not lend themselves to being patented, nor will multi-billion dollar human clinical trials ever be funded to prove them efficacious, they have been used since time immemorial to both nourish our bodies, and to prevent and treat disease.
Sesame (Sesamun indicum) is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world, prized as an oilseed for at least 5,000 years. While it is beginning to regain favor due to its exceptionally high calcium and magnesium content, few realize it is also one of the most potent medicinal foods still commonly consumed today.
Honey is more than just a sweet delight. It packs a profound medicinal punch, that even certain blockbuster pharmaceuticals can not beat. Let's take a closer look at this marvelous substance from the perspective of cutting edge biomedical research.
Most of you have probably heard about Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), however, did you know that it has been used for many hundreds, if not thousands of years. In fact, Hippocrates (the father of medicine) used AVC back in around 400 B.C. for its health giving qualities.
The benefits of grape seed extract in cancer are well documented, but modern medicine won't do anything with it until the mechanism of action has been found, so that it can be isolated, purified, made poisonous and owned by a single company for enormous profits.
You can't beet this vegetable's ability to infuse your body with life-giving nutrition. Is beet a powerful healer? You bloody well better believe it!
When you know you're in for a stressful day, snacking on a few walnuts may be just the thing to help you handle the pressure.
If you live in North America or Europe that jar of "cinnamon" in your cupboard is probably not truly cinnamon at all, but a very similar spice known as cassia or "bastard cinnamon."
Over a quarter of a century ago a study was performed on the seeds of the Soursop fruit, also known as graviola, which at that time demonstrated such amazing cancer-fighting potential, that those exposed to it within the conventional medical community looked upon it with complete incredulity.
With no pretensions or aspirations for superfood status, the lowly cucumber still offers a surprising range of nutrients, and even some recently discovered health benefits for diabetics. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy its refreshing flavor paired with avocado is this quick and easy cold soup.