Let food be thy medicine says Hippocrates the father of modern medicine. Foods are full of pharmacological agents and properties. In this section we would study some foods and their therapeutic uses. The author of Food Pharmacy, Jean Carper says ‘we are talking about a food pharmacy of unimaginable versatility and complexity made up of natural laxatives, tranquilizers, beta-blockers, antibodies, anticoagulants, antidepressants, pain killers, cholesterol reducers, anti inflammatory agents, hypotensives, analgesics, decongestants, digestives, expectorants, anti motion sickness agents, cancerinhibitors, anti oxidants, contraceptives, vasodilators, anti cavity agents, anti ulcerative agents, insulin regulators to mention a few.
Our Heavenly Father has provided arrays of foods; fruits, vegetables, legumes, cereals, root crops etc for the nourishment, maintenance and repairs of our bodies. If we make conscious efforts to eat healthy nutritious diets i.e. foods rich in live enzymes and probiotics (raw fruits and vegetables alongside with fermented foods and drinks), we will maintain good health. Fermented foods are known to be very high in LAB (lactic acid bacteria) credited to having the ability of establishing normal intestinal flora. Before studying some selected foods’ nutritive and therapeutic values, we need to go through the rudiments of nutrients commonly found in foods. These nutrients comprise essentially vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Much of the information in this chapter is inspired from the works of Linda Clark H.B Bakhru and Earls Mindell. Nutraceuticals should be prescribed only by Naturopaths or other nutrition-minded doctors, these experts by their training are familiar with the merits and demerits of nutritional supplements for a given situation.
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