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10 Top Healing Foods From the Bible

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"Whether you eat, drink, or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God," — Corinthians 10:31.

The Bible is filled with references to the medicinal properties of foods and herbs. The importance of diet and preparing food was considered to be a spiritual act, according to DrAxe.com.

But the wisdom of our ancestors has survived scientific scrutiny and many of the 49 foods listed in the Bible are now recognized as having powerful anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties.

Here are 10 healing foods from the Bible:

  1. Apples. Historically, scholars believe that Adam and Eve never even saw an apple. The forbidden fruit, according to the late Dr. James Duke, Ph.D., a foremost herbalist, was most likely an apricot. But King Solomon said, "Comfort me with apples for I am sick" and today we use the expression, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" for good reason. Apples may lower bad LDL cholesterol and high blood pressure, stabilize blood sugar levels — an important point in controlling diabetes, and are highly effective in fighting viruses.
  2. Flax. Flax was one of the most important plants in the Bible and the seeds were used medicinally, often as a laxative or to soothe burns after being made into a poultice. Dr. Steven Pratt, in his best-selling book, SuperFoods Rx, says flaxseed is the best plant source of omega-3 fatty acids. "It’s a quick and easy way to get this nutrient into your body," he says, adding the flaxseeds are also a powerful source of fiber, protein, magnesium, iron, and potassium.
  3. Garlic. This is one of the world’s oldest healing foods and was used both as a food and as a potent medicine before Moses led the children out of Israel into the wilderness. Hebrews have relied on garlic to help them be "fruitful and multiply," believing that eating garlic increases virility, says Duke. Today we known that garlic helps keep arteries free from dangerous plaque and has stellar anticancer and antitumor activity. Garlic is also one of the most powerful natural antibiotics known to man and was used by Russian army medics during World War II.
  4. Grapes. One reason this delicious fruit was so important in the diet thousands of years ago was because its high boron content which helps ward off osteoporosis. Duke says that grapes may also be helpful in combatting heart disease, hypertension, and arthritis. Red wine made from grapes contains ellagic acid which may prevent cancer, says the expert. And the resveratrol, a compound found in grape leaves and grape skins, has been shown not only to protect the heart and cardiovascular system but also to protect the liver from fatty deposits.
  5. Honey.  This natural sweetener is mentioned 61 times in the Bible. The Promised Land, according to the Israelites, was described "flowing with milk and honey." Today we know that high-quality honey is rich in antioxidants that have been linked to reduced risk of cancer, strokes, and heart attacks. According to Dr. Axe.com, raw honey can also be used topically to heal.
  6. Lentils. In biblical times, as today, dry lentils were cooked in soups and stews or ground into flour and mixed with barley for bread. Duke says that lentils are rich on genistein, a compound thought to be effective against diabetic blindness, melanoma, and other forms of cancer. They are also a good source of folic acid and plant protein.
  7. Nuts. The book of Genesis was specific about recommending pistachio and almonds as "choice fruits of the land." Dr. Joel Fuhrman, a world-renowned nutritionist and author of The End of Diabetes and The End of Heart Disease, tells Newsmax that raw nuts and seeds are packed with nutrients. "Nut consumption offers strong protection against heart disease,’ he says. "They decrease total cholesterol and lower LDL cholesterol when eaten daily. They also prevent inflammation of the blood vessels."
  8. Olive oil. Olive oil was sacred in ancient Biblical times and the Jewish people were  the elite olive merchants of their day, according to Dr. Axe.com. Modern research shows that olive oil contributes to heart, brain, skin, and joint health.
  9. Fish. Fishing on the Sea of Galilee and the River Jordan was a huge industry, says Marla Xeno, author of 17 Bible Foods That Heal. Since there was no way of preserving fish, most people in Biblical time ate their fish fresh. Today we know that fish contains important omega-3 fatty acids that have tremendous anti-inflammatory power, particularly for those suffering from arthritis. Eating fish two to three times weekly may also help lower blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
  10. Bitter herbs. According to Dr.Axe.com, scholars differ about which specific herbs are mentioned in Bible, but the consensus is that parsley and coriander are the top contenders. Coriander is a potent anti-diabetic herb and appears to help lower blood pressure. Parsley is a rich source of vitamins A, C, and potassium.

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