On an excursion to Damnoem Saduk – Floating Market in Thailand a week ago, we made a stop to visit a coconut sugar factory. Our tour guide (a true reflection of why Thailand is known for its food and its happy people) stated why the Thai people use coconut in many dishes – touted as brain food (Alzheimer’s remedy). Casually stating coconut colour is the same colour as the brain. It got me thinking!
Just like the humans, the food we consume comes in various shapes, colour and forms. Scientists have proved that some foods have a link with the body organs that are shaped like these foods; an interesting aspect of human life and plant forms. Research indicates that these foods provide a cure of ailments that afflict the body organs they resemble. The I guess this chinese proverb is true
He that takes medicine and neglects diet wastes the skills of the physician.
1. Celery: Bones
Widely cultivated herb with an aromatic leafy stalk that is either consumed raw or cooked. At times used as seasoning contains sodium that strengthens bones. Has a resemblance with bones. Bones are 23% sodium so is celery.
2. Onion: Immune System
Rich in vitamin B6 and C, biotin and sodium. Cherished for lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, fighting cancer and keeping up the body’s immunity.
This edible bulb is usually covered with numerous layers that shield the inner parts of the onions against external objects. Interesting to note that the onion shields us by boosting our immunity the same way it seeks to shield itself using its numerous layers of protective cover.
3. Peanuts : The Male Seed
Peanuts are legumes grown underground in a shell. Rich in vitamin B6 and E, folate, magnesium and niacin. Great at lowering the risk of heart disease because of antioxidant resveratrol found in its skin. This skin also contains arginine, the key ingredient in potency drugs. Peanut shells resemble spermatozoa.
4. Sweet Potatoes : Pancreas
Edible tubers that look like the pancreas which they treat during diabetic incidents.
5. Courgettes, Bananas & Cucumber : Masculine Genitalia
Courgettes, commonly known as zucchini. Cucumber green fruit related to melons but it consumed as a vegetable. They are rich in vitamin B6 & C and Potassium. They have nutrients that strengthen men’s genitalia.
6. Avocado: The Uterus
Avocados balance hormones lower birth weight while preventing cancer of the cervix. They contain mono-saturated fats that fight cholesterol, vitamin c and E, and lutein which fights muscular degeneration. Shaped like the womb they treat.
7. Oranges: Mammary Glands
A great source of vitamin C, pectin and folate. Oranges help in keeping mammary glands healthy while speeding up the movement of fluids. Oranges resemble mammary glands (female breasts).
8. Tomatoes : Heart
A sliced tomato has four chambers like the heart. They have plenty of vitamin C, vitamin A, sodium, folate and lycopene. Folate helps in production of red blood cells in bone marrow and heme helps in transporting oxygen in blood
9. Carrots : Eyes
A sliced carrot resembles the pupil and iris in the human eye. A great source of beta carotene especially when consumed raw. Beta carotene prevents cataracts in our eyes.
10. Coconut : Brain
The coconut resembles the human head in many ways. The coir resembles our tuft of hair, the hard nut the skull, the water inside the blood and the kernel is akin to the mental space. As little as one daily serving, of ‘healthy’ fats in coconut oil may start to repair slow neural pathways and improve cognitive functioning and memory? This is true for people of all ages, but especially in senior adults.
11. Mushrooms : Ears
When sliced in half resembles the shape of the human ear. They contain vitamin D which is healthy especially the 3 tiny bones in the ears that transmit sound to the brain.
12. Ginger : Stomach
This herb somewhat resembles the digestive organ. It’s no wonder it aids in digestion. Am a ginger advocate for its anti nausea effect.
+ Honorary Mention – Red Wine : Blood
Rich in antioxidants and polyphenols including resveratrol looks like blood. When you drink red wine you really are fuelling up on the healthy stuff that protect against destructive things in the blood e.g. LDL cholesterol. There is also a blood-thinning compound in red-wine, so it reduces blood clots.