Western foods/herbs that are healing

Scientists do not have all of the answers to how the Okinawan natural herbs and medicines have played a part in their outstanding health, longevity and youthfulness.  However, they are certain that there is a beneficial effect.  As stated in the book The Okinawa Program, we Westerners also have many readily available healing foods. Some of these include:

  • Apples-fiber and flavonoids
  • Chamomile-settles the stomach
  • Cranberries-100% juice for treatment of cystitis and bladder infections
  • Echinacea-may help recover from colds quicker
  • Garlic-inhibits bacterial growth
  • Ginger-used to treat nausea
  • Hot peppers-excellent source of vitamins A and C
  • Lemon-a great source of vitamin C
  • Onions-a top flavonoid-rich vegetable
  • Papayas-high in vitamin C and beta-carotene and aids digestion
  • Parsley-often used as a garnish and is a great breath freshener
  • Peppermint-peppermint tea aids digestion an treats symptoms of colds and fevers
  • Rhubarb-rich in vitamin C, potassium and calcium
  • Tomatoes-their lycopene content may decrease the risk for prostate cancer

If you are not eating some of these healing foods regularly, pick a few to add to your grocery list so you may include them in your daily diet.  While in Hawaii this past January I do believe I ate a half of a papaya every single day.  Try a papaya!

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