In part one we looked at spinach, celery, carrots and beets as vegetables with highly beneficial, almost medicinal, qualities. Here is another four to help you stay healthy.
· Not sure if the highly prized avocado is a vegetable or a fruit? In the final event, does it really matter when the benefits certainly outweigh any doubt as to how they are actually designated?
Excellent for bodybuilding and a weak stomach, avocados are high in vitamin A and B1, potassium, phosphorus, iron, sodium and calcium. Said to be helpful in conditions of impotency avocados also assist in cases of malnutrition, constipation, haemorroids, stomach ulcers and insomnia. Israeli mothers wean their babies from the breast by feeding them mashed up avocados.
· Very useful for weak eyes, tuberculosis, gout, obesity, constipation, diabetes, lumbago and skin outbreaks, cabbage covers a multitude of human conditions. A half cup of cabbage finely grated and mixed with a quarter cup of chopped almonds, four tablespoons of sour cream and a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon is a good protection for the body if taken on a regular basis. Cabbage is one of the best protective vegetables due to its high vitamin C content. It also contains vitamin A, potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium.
· Also high in vitamin A as well as C, B1 and B2 asparagus assists in balancing the body's normal water system and is found to be helpful for those suffering from dropsy (an old term for the swelling of soft tissues due to the accumulation of excess water). The active therapeutic principle in asparagus is asparagine, which is also found in the herb Marshmallow and believed to be responsible for correcting temporary kidney malfunctions.
· The lowly pumpkin, thought by some only as a gourd to hollow out for Halloween is, in reality, a vegetable to be revered; it possesses all manner of benefits to human health. The vegetable is rich in minerals and is excellent for the blood where anaemia is present. Pumpkin seeds are a cure for tapeworm and the crushed leaves repel flies (Aussies please note!). In hot countries the seeds are used with acetone to kill the mosquito larvae. Pumpkin is a good body builder and heals delicate stomachs and so is ideal for convalescing invalids. Slices of roast pumpkin make a superb poultice for skin outbreaks such as boils or abscesses. And, if you have never tried pumpkin soup, you are missing a veritable treat!
· Chicory is not as well known or used as the more common vegetables but this does not mean that it may be ignored in the 'vegetables as medicine' stakes - far from it! To begin with the chicory's leaves and flowers are said to be beneficial in cases of infertility. A good remedy also for disorders of the liver and jaundice. Also an excellent tonic where nervous problems and loss of appetite occur. The chicory roots can be boiled, as can the older leaves, whilst the fresh leaves and flowers can be eaten raw.
Just four more of our common-or-garden vegetables that may be considered natural medicine from Nature.
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