Food as medicine

 

Hippocrates, the father of medicine, said ’Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food’.  Throughout its history, food has not only been used to nourish our bodies, but it has also been used for healing.

These foods, known as functional foods, contain nutritional benefits that improve our health and well-being as well as assist with disease prevention. Not only do they have a long history of use with their medicinal benefits, but recent scientific research has revealed even more extraordinary benefits of these foods.

There are many functional foods, namely, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy, legumes, nuts and spices that contain effective nutrients.

 

 
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FUNCTIONAL FOODS

CINNAMON

Cinnamon is one of our oldest spices and it was even cited in the Bible.  Its history lies in its use in ancient Egypt as a medicine for fever and nausea and it was so highly cherished that it was deemed more treasurable than gold!

HEALTH BENEFITS

Anti-clotting actions

Anti-microbial actions

Blood Sugar control

Boosts brain function

 

 
 

Oats

Oats have been used across the world for over 2000 years.  Before they were used as food, they were utilised as a medicine to treat leprosy and skin conditions.  

Health Benefits

Lower cholesterol levels

Enhances Immune response

Stabilises blood sugar 

Protects against cancer

 
 

Linseeds

The origins of Linseed can be traced as far back as 10,000 BC.  Linseeds were used to treat bronchitis, respiratory catarrh, boils and digestive illnesses as well as being spun into linen.

Health Benefits

Highest source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Assists with digestive health

 Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory Benefit

Protects against cancer

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Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds originated in Mexico and South America are were used by Mayan and Aztec cultures for their supernatural powers! They are high in fibre, protein, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium and antioxidants.

Health Benefits

 Assists with skin and ageing

 Improves digestive health

 Makes your bones stronger

Boosts energy levels and metabolism

Assists with muscle growth

 
 

Peanuts

Peanuts originated in South America 3500 years ago. They were a staple in the Aztecs and Native Indian diets and were used as sacrificial offerings as well as grounded into maize as a drink.

Health Benefits

Protects your heart

High in anti-oxidants

Protects against Alzheimer’s and age cognitive decline


 
 

Cacao / Cocoa

Cocoa originated in Mexico and was known as the Food of Gods by the Aztecs, Mayas and Incas. It became its first form of chocolate when Christopher Columbus mixed it with vanilla and sugar to make a beverage which he served too wealthy and powerful European. It was known for its aphrodisiac qualities.

Health Benefits

Assists with premenstrual symptoms

Enhances mood and cognitive function

Protects skin from UV damage

 
 

Ginger

Ginger has been both a popular spice and herbal medicine for thousands of years. It is also a highly cherished food in both Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Its long history has seen it used to treat digestion, nausea, colds, headaches, arthritis, colic and heart conditions across Asian, Indian and Arabic cultures. Ginger is native to Asia and has been used as a spice there for 4,400 years.

Health benefits

Treats motion sickness and nausea

High anti-inflammatory effects

Immune boosting benefits

 Reduces menstural pain


Maca Powder

Maca is a root vegetable from Peru. It is part of the Brassicaceae family of vegetables (i.e cruciferous vegetables which also include brocolli, cabbage, kale, turnip etc), and is an excellent source source of vitamin C, copper, iron and potassium. Studies suggest that maca may be beneficial for sexual function, mood and energy.

Health benefits

Improves sexual function.

Increases mood.

Boosts energy

BE YOU BE FREE food as medicine BALLS

TO Make 14 balls YOU WILL NEED :

100 grams of rolled oats

40 grams of almond meal

20 grams of 100% cacao powder

20 grams of chia Seeds

20 grams of linseeds

One- two heaped tablespoons of natural peanut butter

One teaspoon cinnamon powder

One teaspoon ginger spice powder

10 grams of maca powder

One heaped tablespoon of organic brown rice syrup or sweetner of choice

50 ml of coconut water 

 

 
 

METHOD

Put all the ingredients in mixing bowl and blend in a food processor except for 20 grams of almond meal.

(I put on the kneading setting and leave for a couple of minutes). It should blend into one big lump. if not add a little bit more coconut water.

If you don't have access to a food processor, you can just mix manually with a wooden spoon in a mixing bowl.

Pour 20g of almond meal onto a plate.

 Measure out one heaped teaspoon of mixture.

 Roll mixture into small balls over the almond meal (you can also use coconut flakes)

You can eat them right away or put them in fridge in an air right container.

Keep them in the fridge for up 2 weeks!

Enjoy!