First of all we need to discuss vitamin C. Vitamin C is responsible for building your immune system by protecting your blood cells and connective tissue. I always remembered it be cause of the letter C and all the things it helps to prevent like Colds, Cancer along with a large variety of other illnesses. Its the same principle for remembering what foods you can find it in, C is for Citrus, where it has the highest concentration, but is pretty much found in most vegetables. Sorry meat lovers, the vegetarians win this round. For those of you who take vitamin C supplements, they can be useful if you dont eat many vegetables but can also prove useless as the tablets only provide a fast release of high dose vitamin C, when your body can only absorb so much at a time, where as fruits and vegetables, take longer to be broken down, allowing for a continued absorption.
Quick Fact: Did you know that Pine Needles, have a 10x higher concentration of Vitamin C than an orange.
1. Okay so now we are on to actual foods. At the top of our list is Garlic. Okay so it might not smell the most attractive, but with its multitude of anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial substances, it is a very useful addition to ones diet. Also, it is currently being studied for its anti-tumor properties, helping the fight against cancer.
2. Manuka Honey. Many of you might not know about this one, but I have stumbled across it in my travels as it is produced only in New Zealand and Australia from the nectar of the Manuka Tree and I can vouch for its ability to be delicious. Not only is it packed with antioxidants for preventing cancer, it is also gaining a reputation for its many antibacterial and antiviral properties so is a great immune system builder.
3. Peppermint Tea. So okay this one is more of a drink but it has one very useful if you have feelings of nausea or flatulence as it works as a mild anesthetic on the stomach lining.
4. Banana. Okay so this is my personal favorite, and I think has one of the most uses out of any food. The antacid of the food world, helpful for treating heart burn and indigestion. Also contains anti-depression qualities. You can also shine your shoes with it, you know, if you feel the need to.
5. Chocolate. You didn't really think I was going to leave this one out did you. Now confess that when I say chocolate, I mean real chocolate, no the everyday bars you see in pretty much every shop. With its anti-depression qualities, in the dark months ahead it can be a real treat, no pun intended. Chocolate has the ability to regulate mood, increase endorphin levels and with its high magnesium quantity, aid relaxation.
So there you have it, my top 5 medicinal foods. I hope you find them useful. So until next time, carry on cooking.