Foods that treat the very organs they resemble!

Foods that treat the very organs they resemble!
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Have you ever heard of the doctrine of signatures? It is a theory that is not very well known, that suggests a correlation between the benefits provided by a fruit or vegetable and the shape of the organ it can help. Although this discipline was very widespread during the Renaissance and the Middle Ages in the West, it is now almost completely forgotten. However, modern science is unambiguous on the topic: this doctrine is far from hocus pocus! Let’s not let the principles of this way of thinking fall into obscurity, in order to benefit from the therapeutic powers of the foods it deals with. 

1) Walnuts and the brain

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Thanks to their photochemical compounds and their polyunsaturated fats, walnuts can improve cognitive capacities and memory, while protecting the cells from oxidative stress, by eliminating toxic proteins and reducing inflammation. Their high polyphenol content helps create good links between the neurons and stimulates the creation of neurons. It is a real plus for maintaining good brain health and for preventing degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

2) Tomatoes and the heart

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The lycopene in tomatoes (an antioxidant pigment) helps reduce the risk of stroke (even ischemic strokes, in which the organ lacks blood). It is therefore a great ally for cardiovascular health and the good news is that this antioxidant does not reduce to zero during cooking, like many vitamins. On the contrary, cooking can make it more easily absorbed. If you add a little olive oil (which is rich in polyunsaturates), it increases absorption even further.

3) Avocados and the uterus

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Avocados are excellent for pregnant women, due to their high vitamin B9 (folate) content, which the body cannot produce (meaning diet is the only possible source). In terms of the foetus, folates also play a role in preventing malformations. Vitamin K is also very useful during pregnancy, as it works on coagulation, mineralisation of the bones and cell growth. Its antioxidants are also good for heart health.

4) Carrots and the eyes

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Cut a slice of carrot, and you’ll see that there are similarities with the iris. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene (7 mg per 100 g of carrots), which becomes retinol (vitamin A) once the body synthesises it. Retinol helps the retina to function well and to create rods, and it becomes a photosensitive pigment that reacts to light and allows for night vision. In conclusion, don’t ignore the importance of beta-carotene and vitamin A.

5) Celery and the bones

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The water contained in celery is rich in minerals, for example, silica, which helps with production and renewal of the tissues, joints and mucous membranes (the connective tissues). Silicon is important for our bones and it is more present in celery than other trace minerals such as iron or zinc. It promotes the absorption of magnesium and calcium in the body. Consumption of minerals is very important, as otherwise the body will look for them in the bones, which can harm them. You can also find silica in cereals, legumes and fruits containing pectin.

6) Sweet potatoes and the pancreas

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Sweet potatoes can regulate blood sugar and the glycemic index (which is incredibly important for diabetics). Their beta carotene (an extremely powerful antioxidant) looks after the body’s tissues, particularly the pancreas. This also plays a role in cell ageing, and in fact can have a preventative effect on pancreatic cancer. If you are looking to increase your intake of beta carotene, be aware that you can also find it in fresh apricots, blood oranges, pink grapefruit, watermelon and tomatoes.

7) Oranges, grapefruit and the breasts

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These fruits are good for breast health and promote the movement of lymphatic fluid both inside and outside the breasts. Grapefruit for example contains limonoids. According to in-vitro tests carried out on animals, these phytochemicals may effectively fight against cancer, as they prevent cancerous cells from multiplying. In citrus fruits, we also find flavonoids, and studies have shown that these inhibit the development of cancerous cells in human breast tissue.

8) Grapes and the alveoli of the lungs

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The alveoli resemble small grapes, and are there to help bring oxygen from the lungs to the bloodstream. Regular consumption of fresh grapes reduces the risk of cancer, particularly lung cancer. Their proanthocyanidins (antioxidants similar to flavonoids) have beneficial effects on asthma and chronic bronchitis.

Other foods recommended by the doctrine of signatures:

  • Red beans treat the kidneys and help maintain good renal function.
  • Figs have a positive effect on sperm and male fertility.
  • Mushrooms are good for the ears. They are one of the rare foodstuffs that contain vitamin D, which is important for bone health, even the small bones in your ears!
  • Ginger is great in the case of digestive problems. It is in fact great for the stomach in general.
  • Olives are good for the ovaries, as much in terms of their health as their functioning.

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