Healing Foods are mostly plant-based foods thought to be nutritionally dense and thus good for one’s health. Healing Foods have large doses of vitamins and minerals that can help us live a longer, healthier life with the added benefit of making us feel good inside and out!
Below are just a few examples of Healing Foods and what these foods can help with.
Turmeric – (Curcuma longa) Once referred to as “Indian Saffron”, the bright yellow of the spice rainbow, is a powerful medicine that has long been used in the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine. It has been used as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions.
Turmeric offers anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and even anti-carcinogenic properties. It can aid digestion and assist in reducing bloating and abdominal cramps, reduce the accumulation of toxins and harmful bacteria in the gut, reducing the risk of bowel cancers and it is a useful treatment of diabetes, liver diseases, arthritis, skin issues, joint and gut inflammation.
As well as this, it can protect against heart disease and reduce cholesterol. Turmeric can be used as an antibiotic on open wounds, regulate menstrual disorders and purify breast milk and can also promote a calm mind. The list is almost endless!
One of the greatest health benefits of turmeric is in the prevention and treatment of cancer. Research has found that curcumin reduces cell death in medulloblastoma; a pediatric brain tumour.
Aloe Vera – (Aloe barbadensis) Aloe Vera is renowned as a ’heal-all’ that is good for many conditions, both internally and externally. It is a succulent plant that is cultivated all over the world for its thick, gelatinous leaves. When the leaves are cut, a clear viscous substance can be pressed or filleted out of the aloe leaf. This material is the healing and therapeutic element of the plant; packed full of vitamins and minerals.
It is an excellent healing food, helping to maintain a healthy immune system. Aloe Vera can help lower cholesterol and has a positive effect on blood sugar levels, meaning it can be useful for treating diabetes and obesity. Its healing and soothing properties can also help with digestion problems.
Throughout history aloe was regarded as a virtual panacea for many health conditions and has been used extensively since Biblical times by the Egyptians, the Chinese and different Mediterranean civilisations.
Acai Berries – From the Acai Palm (Euterpe oleracea) This little berry is one of the most nutritious and powerful foods in the world! Harvested in the rainforests of Brazil, the Acai berry is probably one of the most well-known of the super fruit varieties. Known for its high concentrations of immune boosting antioxidants, healthy fats, dietary fibre and essential amino acids.
The berries have a remarkable concentration of antioxidants that help combat premature aging. A synergy of monounsaturated (healthy) fats, dietary fibre and phytosterols to help promote cardiovascular and digestive health. An almost perfect essential amino acid complex in conjunction with valuable trace minerals, vital to proper muscle contraction and regeneration. Acai berry contains many compounds that act as anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer functions by virtue of their anti-free radical fighting actions.
The fatty acid content in acai resembles that of olive oil, and is rich in monounsaturated oleic acid. Acai berry is also rich in medium chain fatty acids like oleic acid (omega-9) and linoleic acid (omega-6). These compounds help reduce LDL-cholesterol level and raise good HDL-cholesterol levels in the body and thus help cut down heart disease risk. Additionally, the essential fats in acai help prevent skin dryness by maintaining adequate moisture in the skin.
Maca – Maca root (Lepidium meyenii) A radish-like tuber similar to a turnip in size and color and is native to the harsh, dry climates of the South American Andes mountains. This strong and hardy root has been a traditional food and medicine plant used by the people of the Peruvian regions for over 2,000 years. It was said that the Inca warriors used to take it before going into battle to increase their strength and stamina.
Maca is a very nutrient-dense healing food and a complete source of amino acids. It also is rich in B-vitamins, vitamins C and E, and is a good source of copper, iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc.
Maca can help improve anaemia, reduce chronic fatigue, relieve stress and depression, strengthen memory and improve adrenal function.
It is well known and rejoiced for its super-tonic effects, energy-instilling properties and supremely nutritious attributes that help to provide strength and endurance for physical activity at these high elevations.