Fruit & Veg Nutritional Values

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Lemons and Limes – antiseptic and anti-inflammatory

Nutritional value : rich in vitamins B and C

Natural therapeutic effects: anticatarrhal, antiseptic, anti-acid, antifungal, antirash

Lemons and limes are used as a cure for influenza and colds, but they are also a remedy for acidosis (their alkaline content is 5 times greater than their acidic content), heartburn, rheumatism, dysentery, gout, sciatica, lumbago, neuralgia – all diseases which cause the blood to be more acidic.

Because of its high potassium content, lemon juice is useful in dealing with heart weakness. Lemons are a powerful antiseptic and are useful for inflammation of the gums and to tighten loose teeth and render them white and shiny. Lemons destroy germs without destroying body tissue.

Mixed with honey, their juice is a remedy for throat troubles.

Pure lemon juice also cleans the liver and, via the liver, improves eyesight and helps restore muscular powers.

Beneficial in the treatment of: gastric troubles, asthma, worms, diabetes, piles, catarrh, boils, anemia


Plums and prunes – cleanse the intestinal tract

Nutritional value
rich in calcium, phosphorus and iron
rich in potassium
source of vitamins A, B, and C
contain mainly malic acid, but also citric, tartaric, benzoic and boric acid
contains small amounts of benzoic acid, which acidifies the urine

The purple variety is slightly cooling while the yellow varieties tend to be neutral; sweet and sour flavour; builds body fluids. Used for liver diseases and diabetes; stewed prunes are a traditional remedy for constipation and are especially beneficial when excess liver and heat signs are present. Plums also treat cirrhosis of the liver, hardened or expanded liver conditions in general, and dehydration.

Sun dried prunes have the advantage of drying without fermenting, unlike plums which ferment when sulphur-dried.

Prunes are famous as a laxative. They move the bowels quickly. Best results are obtained when they are soaked overnight and eaten in the morning.

Plums and prunes work directly on the nervous system. They can be quite uplifting when you are feeling irritable. Make prune tea with 50 grammes of dried prunes soaked overnight in 250 ml of distilled water. Let it simmer until the prunes are soft. Strain and add lemon to taste.

Natural therapeutic effects
anthelmintic, astringent, laxative

Avoid prunes and plums if your bladder or kidneys are irritated, or if you already have an acidic condition such as acidosis, arthritis or gout – or if you eat a lot of meat.


Broccoli – combats outbursts of herpes; high amounts of zinc, improves production of red blood cells; anti-colon cancer

Nutritional value
abundant in vitamin A and beta carotene, vitamin C, zinc, potassium
high in chlorophyll

Broccoli belongs to the cruciferous family of plants which also includes cauliflowers, water cress and Brussels sprouts. All cruciferous plants are rich in iron and vitamin K.

Broccoli is very rich in zinc. Zinc and iron are interrelated and are both needed for the production of red blood cells. Anaemic people who take iron artificially can find that it creates constipation. Broccoli by contrast produces more blood in the system. It also works as roughage.

Recent research has shown that broccoli contains a photochemical called sulphophane. This triggers the body’s production of enzymes that protect the cell’s DNA from damage. Broccoli also contains dithiolthiones, which stimulate the body to fight cancer. That makes broccoli a number one cancer fighter when eaten daily. Broccoli is best eaten together with a protein – and never overcook it. This is the optimum combination to help convey amino acids to the brain.

Natural therapeutic effects
anticatarrhal, anticancerous; strengthens the immune system

Beneficial in the treatment of
anemia – as a dietary supplement

Caution: Broccoli has five goitrogenous chemicals which disrupt the body’s ability to use iodine. Avoid in cases of thyroid deficiency and low iodine.


Ginger – essential for healing; good for increasing the local blood flow.

Fresh ginger is a superb healer, and has been long used as such in the East. It can be used as a paste made from dried ginger, or in powder form.

For headaches, it can disperse the pain in less than 15 minutes.

Ginger contains gingerol, which has a similar effect to that of asprin, and has the same blood thinning qualities.

Natural therapeutic effects
appetizing, carminative, diaphoretic, sialagogic, stimulant, antinauseous, anticoagulant

for spasms of the stomach and intestines
Place 1 teaspoon grated ginger in a cup of boiling water. Add 20 drops soy sauce and a pinch of freshly ground black pepper. Leave for 10 minutes then drain and drink

Beneficial in the treatment of
diarrhoea – rub fresh ginger juice on and around the navel
motion sickness – place a slice of ginger on your navel or suck a thick slice without chewing


Garlic – a general tonic; clears catarrh and coughs

Nutritional value
Contains vitamins B and C, some vitamin A

Rich in calcium, sulphur, zinc, copper, potassium and phosphoric acid. Garlic is a natural antibiotic. It has strong germ killing powers. Garlic stimulates the activity of all the digestiv organs. Because of its anti-catarrhal qualities, garlic is good for respiratory problems. Garlic regularises the functioning of the liver and the gall bladder. It is helpful for all intestinal infections and for problems caused by putrefactive intestinal bacteria. Garlic lowers the blood pressure and stimulates the circulation and the action of the heart.

Garlic can be applied externally on warts. It can be used as a healing agent for numerous diseases, and will prevent constipation if eaten regularly. As a killer of various bacteria, garlic works best when eaten raw. Views on the number of cloves required to prevent illness range from half a clove to 18 cloves eaten raw.

Note: The smell of garlic on the breath can be counteracted by chewing parsley, cardamon seeds or an apple, or by washing the mouth out with lemon juice.

Natural therapeutic effects
stimulant, diaphoretic, diuretic, aphrodisiac, tonic
antifungal, anticatarrhal, antibacterial, antiprotozoan, antiparasitic, antioxidant, antithrombotic
lowers blood cholestrol, strengthens the immune system

Beneficial in the treatment of
Problems of the digestive system such as excessive stomach acidity
pneumonia and tuberculocis
acute and chronic bronchitis
typhoid and parathyroid fever
chronic stomach and intestinsal catarrh

Pears – blood purifier; laxative – increase peristaltic movement of the lower colon

Pears are reported to dissolve stonesin the bladder. To achieve this result, a monofast would be most effective.

Natural therapeutic effects
alkaline forming, laxative

Cooling thermal nature; sweet and slightly sour flavour; especially affects the lungs, eliminating heat and excess mucus; stops coughing associated with hot lungs; moistens the lungs, throat and dryness in general; quenches thirst resulting from heat conditions. Used for diabetes, injuries to the skin, constipation, loss of voice, and gall bladder inflamation and obstruction.

Caution: not for those with deficient digestive fire. Symptoms include loose or watery stools, signs of coldness and a swollen pale tongue. Excessive use of pears during pregnancy may cause poor fetal development and miscarriage.

Pumpkins – rich in beta carotene; eye strengthener and lung protector

Nutritional value
contains vitamins A, B and C
Rich in iron and zinc

The more orange the pumpkin, the better. Orange is the colour of beta carotene, the factor that is needed to produce vitamin A. This is the vitamin that you need to lower the risk of lung disease. Together with carrots this is a good food for smokers.

When chewed in the evening, the seeds combat tapeworms. Eat about 100 with sugar before bedtime followed by one tablespoon of castor oil the next morning

Natural therapeutic effects
pulp – alkaline-forming, eye strengthening, anti-infective, antioxidant, blood building
seeds – laxative, purgative

Oranges – strengthens the immune system; alkaline forming

Nutritional values
rich in mineral salts, especially calcium
rich in vitamins, especially vitamin C

Oranges are strongly alkaline-forming. they are good forarthritics and meat eaters who need to combat acidosis. Grilled oranges are very strong immune strengtheners. The pith contains vitamin P (bioflavinoids) and the flesh is rich in vitamin C. Through the process of grilling, the flesh and the fleshy part mingle, making it easier for the body to absorb the bioflavinoids and vitamin C. When vitamins C and P combine, they activate the immune system of the body and help it to eliminate toxins. A monofast with grilled oranges is a first step in the treatment of AIDS, hepatitis C and B, herpes and non specific urethritis. It can also be used to break down tumors.

Beneficial in the treatment of
hyperacidity of the stomach

Cauliflower – combats cancer; clears liver congestion

rich in sulphur

Cauliflower belongs to the family of cruciferous vegetables, and is therefore powerful in combating cancer (but cauliflower lacks chlorophyll, broccoli is the preferred vegetable). Most of the minerals are in the green leaves. Use them in soups or steamed. They are very nutritious.

Natural therapeutic effects

Beneficial in the treatment of
ulcers – when taken with potatoes in juice form
arthritic pains – when applied as a poultice


Peppers also known as sweet or bell peppers or as capsicum

Nutritional value
High in the antioxidants vitamins C and E and carotenes

Red peppers contain one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants found in everyday food. People who eat more foods rich in these antioxidants have lower levels of many forms of cancer, as well as of heart disease, stroke and cataracts.

One of the most brightly coloured foods, the red pepper is correspondingly high in health value. Peppers become sweeter as they ripen, changing colour from green to red. , this versatile vegetable is an excellent source of vitamin C. The red and yellow ones contain four times as much vitamin C as oranges, and over 100milligrams of vitamin C – over three times the recommended daily allowance. For this reason they are best eaten raw, although in the salad form popular in Spain and Italy, they conserve much of theit vitamin C.

Peppers are also a good source of betacarotene, yellow and orange ones, and of iron and potassium too. As one of the Nightshade family of plants, however, peppers are best avoided by those with joint problems

Recommended for

Coconuts – contain caprilic acid which is antibacterial and antifungal; the milk is similar to human milk

Nutritional value
Contains vitamins A, B and C
Very high in potassium, sodium, chlorine

The flesh of the coconut contains 70 percent fat. Coconut milk has a chemical base similar to mother’s milk. When taken fresh, it is a complete protein nutrient. It contains the amino-acids and ranks highly as a digestive milk. Coconut milk is therefore particularly beneficial during pregnancy.

The milk of the green coconut is a rich source of mineral salts and vitamins, especially C and most B complexes.

Natural therapeutic effects
blood purifying, diuretic
Beneficial in the treatment of
general weakness
urinary diseases

Beetroot – rebuilds blood cells (highly recommended for anaemia); good for bulk (alleviates constipation)

Nutritional value
rich in potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulphur and silicon, some iron
high in vitamin A

You can also eat the beet leaves. They are delicious steamed.

Natural therapeutic effect
nerve tonic
beneficial in the treatment of
calcium deposits – it is an excellent solvent
heart troubles caused by thickened arteries
varicose veins
diseases of kidney and liver
suppressed menstrauation
low haemoglobin

Bananas (plantains) – protect the mucus lining of the stomach; anti-ulcerous

Nutritional value
rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulphur, iron and copper
contains vitamins A, B, C, E, G

The banana is similar to the potato in that it has a high caloric value. Use green plantains for cooking. Bananas have an anti-ulcerous effect. Their healing effect is best when they are overripe and have black spots, but the skin must be undamaged. Their starches are converted into sugars. The inside skin is the most potent part and combats bacteria. It is high in vitamin P (bioflavinoids)

Natural therapeutic effect

Beneficial in the treatment of
ulcers of the stomach and duodenum – the banana diet is one of the most powerful diets for ulcers. Bananas neutralise the stomach acid and thicken the mucus lining of the stomach. They should be a regular part of the recovery process after an ulcer has been diagnosed to prevent re-occurring damage.
diabetes – because of their high content of easy to absorb sugars
high blood cholesterol (a banana contains as much pectin as an apple)
typhoid fever


Neutral thermal nature; pungent, sweet, and bitter flavours; improves circulation of qi energy and removes stagnant blood; builds the blood; promotes sweating; resolves mucus and other damp conditions; relieves coughing; clears food stagnation and improves appetite. Turnip, a member of the mustard family is a good source of sulphur, a warming purifying element; because of its alkalizing nature, sulphur, and other factors, turnip detoxifies the body. It is also generally helpful for indigestion, hoarseness, diabetes and jaundice and is commonly used in the West and Orient to treat various lung-related unbalances including bronchial disorders, asthma, and sinus problems. The mildly pungent qualities of the turnip are easily destroyed by cooking. Sliced raw turnip is superior when pungency is needed to disperse lung congestion.

Turnip greens are exceptionally rich in vitamin A.

Almonds – recalcifier; more nutritious than cows milk and 100 percent superior

Nutritional value
rich in calcium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, iron, vitamin A
contains 59 percent fat, 21 percent protein

Beneficial in the treatment of
colon and bowel problems – can lessen putrefactive effect of many foods
secondary anaemia
disturbances of gastric motility and secretion
uric acid diathesis
kidney disease
peritonic irritation
weak muscles, nerves and brain

Almonds mixed with figs are an instant laxative if chewed thoroughly.

Carrots – contain large amounts of beta carotene; favourable for eye disorders and lung troubles; good for skin rashes; a multi-healer

Nutritional value
rich in vitamin A, contains vitamins B, C, and E
contains large doses of calcium which is good for hair and nails.
rich in potassiun, sulphur, phosphorus and iron

In oriental healing, carrots are the food for the liver. The sense organ related to the liver are the eyes. Carrots are best eaten raw because the minerals and vitamins they contain are destroyed by cooking. The high content of beta carotene makes carrots especially valuable for sufferers of diseases of the mucus membranes, the lungs and the skin. One carrot a day is a healthy supplement, especially for smokers.

Natural therapeutic effects
anthelmintic, carminative, diuretic stimulant

Beneficial in the treatment of
failing eyesight
deteriorating complexion
unhealthy skin, hair and nails
diarrhoea – also in infants
derangements of liver and biliary digestion
nervous conditions
ulcerous conditions
cancer, especially of the lungs and pancreas

Raspberries – strengthens the immune system; help with rheumatism

Like grapes, raspberries should be on every hospital menu. This tart dilectable fruit supplies not only a fair amount of vitamin C, but useful amounts of calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium, all vital to the convalescent, as well as those suffering from heart problems, fatigue or depression – and all well absorbed thanks to the vitamin C.

Herbalists value raspberries for their cooling effect – they are useful in feverish conditions. Naturally astringent, raspberries can do you good the length of your digestive tract, helping counter spongy diseased gums, upset stomachs, and diarrhoea along the way.

Nutritional value
highly alkaline
rich in iron
contains vitamin C

Recommended for

Leeks – clear the lungs of mucus; blood builder

Leeks belong to the same allium family as garlic and onions and thus share most of their properties.

Leek and potato soup is very nourishing after a feverish illness

Natural therapeutic effects
antirheumatic, antiprostatic, skin-cleansing

In french traditional medicine they are prescribed for respiratory problems; they are rich in potassium, they are also valued for their cleansing diuretic powers, and their ability to eliminate uric acid; so the gouty and arthritic should eat plenty of fresh leeks.

Avocados – have highest vitamin E content of all fruits and are rich in protein

Nutritional value
rich in phosphorus, sulphur and chlorine
high vitamin E content in the fruit oil
high content of iron and copper, potassium and sodium

Avocados contain everything a human body needs apart from vitamin C. (Only olives contain a comparable amount of fat.) The vitamin A they contain maintains a resistance against bacterial infection

The exceptionally high amount of fat content (25-30 percent) will overstimulate the gall bladder if you eat too many, because as soon as you eat fat, bile rushes into the duodenum.

Beneficial in the treatment of
digestive disorders
colitis, billiousness
intestinal putrefaction – remember it contains no bacteria
hyperacidity and sour stomach – well ripened papaya with avocado
duodenal ulcers – because they are soothing to the membranes and pass into the intestines as a basic diet.

Celery – great blood cleanser – dissolves calcium deposits

Nutritional value
rich in zinc
rich in vitamins A, G
rich in sodium, potassium, sulphur

The high content of sodium keeps calcium and magnesium in liquid form, thus inhibiting crystal formation Celery is therefore very useful for people suffering from arthritis since it dispurses calcium deposits.

Because of its sobering effect it is useful for hangovers.

Celery is best used in fresh juice form.

Natural therapeutic effects
anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic/rheumatic, blood-purifying, carminative, stomachic

Cooling thermal nature; sweet-and-bitter flavour; benefits the stomach and spleen-pancreas and calms an aggrevated liver, improves digestion; dries damp excesses; purifies the blood; reduces wind conditions such as vertigo and nervousness; and promotes sweating. Also used for heat excesses such as eye inflamations, burning urine, acne and canker sores and to cool internal heat in the liver and stomach, which often contributes to headaches and excessive appetite among other maladies.


Nutritional value
rich in vitamins A, B, and C

Beneficial in the treatment of
muscle spasms
high blood pressure

Make a tea from the seeds (1 teaspoon per cup) or chew the seeds thoroughly and swallow them with a cup of hot water.


Radishes – rich in sulphur: red, black and white
Belong to the crucifer family, valuable for those at risk from cancer. But it is for problems of the liver and gall bladder that traditional has most warmly recommended them. Radish juice acts powerfully on the gall bladder, stimulating the discharge of bile, as french studies have demonstrated.

Radishes contain other good things: plenty of potassium, calcium and sulphur, as well as some vitamins A and B-complex.

Radishes should be eaten as fresh as possible, while still young and crisp, their tops eaten at the same time, which aids in the digestion of the vegetable. However beware of overindulging – too much hot stinging radish can irritate rather than stimulate the liver, kidneys and gall bladder

Recommended for


Peaches – very nutritious; rich in iron

Nutritional values
rich in iron

Beneficial in the treatment of
chronic intestinal disorders
blood impurities

Spinach – blood disorder; lung protector; eye strengthener

Nutritional value
rich in zinc, calcium, iron, copper, manganese, copper and iodine, chlorophyll
richest source of vitamin A
contains vitamins B, C and D

Spinach came to be viewed as a cure for iron deficiency with extraordinary effect due to a mistake in notation. The popeye legend was born when spinach was mistakenly noted as containing 0,1 gram of iron in stead of 0.001g.

Natural therapeutic effects
Haemoglobin-building, alkaline-forming

Spinach is very rich in the dark green plant “blood” chlorophyll (see Cabbage), so anaemia patients or those suffering from fatigue and mental strain should eat plenty of it raw, in the form of salads.

Spinach juice is beneficial in the treatment of
night blindness
bleeding gums
duodenal ulcers
glandular disturbances
abscesses and boils
eye diseases

Asparagus – kidney tonic; expels uric acid from the system

Nutritional value – rich in potassium

The roots of asparagus increase mental acuity and inhibit mental disorders. They are a diuretic and increase breast milk secretion. Juice or powder made from asparagus roots is used in the treatment of biliary colic, billiousnes, haemoptysis, piles, diarrhoea, rheumatic fever, nervous debility, insomnia, and high blood pressure, and can also be eaten to improve a generally run down condition.

Natural therapeutic effects – aperient (laxative), diaphoretic, diuretic

Beneficial in the treatment of
rheumatic complaints
multiple sclerosis
cardiac dropsy
chronic gout

Avoid if you have an advanced disease of the kidneys. Asparagus increases urine production and cellular activity in the kidneys.

Never mix asparagus with artichokes.


Grapefruit – pink: rich in vitamins A and E; seeds are good for eliminating worms (vermifuge)

Grapefruit juice is most beneficial if you are feverish. It also helps against liver diseases and constipation. The fruit itself is a preservative against dysentry, diarrhoea, enteritis, typhus and infectious diseases of the digestive tract. The membranes and the pith contain pectin, which lowers cholestrol. Pink grapefruits are better than yellow ones because they contain more vitamin A

If you have a tendency to diabetes, eat 3 grapefruits a day. Also, decrease your intake of starches, sweets and fats but eat more fruit and vegetables and drink more fresh fruit juices.

Nutritional value  – rich in iron, vitamins B, C and E – and A in smaller amounts.

Grapefruit shares with other citrus fruits a high level of vitamin C and plenty of potassium. It’s also well supplied with pectin – recommended for those suffering from circulatory or digestive problems. In addition grapefruit has high concentrations of bioflavinoids. These plant substances are attracting increasing medical interest. They seem to have three roles: to reinforce the protective action of vitamin C; to protect the integrity of the blood vessels, particularly the tiny capilliaries; and to act against inflammation. Both pectin and bioflavinoids are found in the white pith, and in the membranes dividing the sections: so eat the whole fruit rather than just the juice to ensure maximum benefits.


Warming thermal nature; sweet and slightly bitter-pungent flavor; eases kung congestion; benefits the stomach. An ancient member of the cabbage family, it also has abundant sulphur and its juice can be used to treat stomach and duodenal ulcers. Kale is a hardy cold weather green whose flavor becomes sweeter with a touch of frost. It is an exceptional source of chlorophyll, calcium, iron, and vitamin A during its growing season in the fall, winter and early spring.

Watermelons – best remedy for all kidney problems; diuretic

Nutritional value – rich in vitamins A, B and C
contains many minerals
contains no proteins – except in the seeds

Natural therapeutic effects
diuretic – the only fruit that can affect many different kidney ailments
The seeds, when dried and roasted, lower the blood pressure

Very cooling thermal nature; sweet flavor; removes heat including summer heat problems; influences the heart, bladder, and stomach; builds body fluids; diuretic; moistens the intestines. Used to treat thirst, urinary difficulty, edema, canker sores, depression, and kidney and urinary tract inflammations such as nephritis and urethritis

Caution: not to be used by those with weak digestion, anemia or excessive or uncontrolled urination.


Cos (Romaine) lettuce – reduces hypertension, aids gastric disorders, heart palpitations, nervousness; induces sound sleep

Nutritional value – rich in zinc, chlorophyll, iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus
contains vitamins A, B and E
contains natural opiates

Cos lettuce contains good quantities of minerals and vitamins, but not many calories, so good antidote for obesity. A portion of lettuce and lemon juice before a meal diminishes the appetite and reduces any craving for oily foods.

Cos (Romaine) lettuce was part of the ‘basic natural remedy kit’ of the Bohemians – together with garlic, onions, ginger, lemons, chilies and hot peppers.

Made into a soup, cos lettuce is ideal for hypertension. It has a soothing effect on the nervous system because of opiate-like substances present in the outer leaves. It also aids against gastric and digestive upsets and intestinal problems.

Beneficial in the treatment of
urinary disorders
nervousness and heart palpitations


Healing properties: Cooling thermal nature; sweet and salty flavor; diuretic; strengthens the kidneys; beneficial to stomach and spleen-pancreas; builds the yin fluids; moistens dryness; alkalysing – balances over-acid conditions; sweetens breath by retarding bacterial growth in the mouth; high amino acid (protein) profile and rich silicon content; helps prevent miscarriage,; anti fungal – one of the best grains for those with Candida albicans overgrowth.

Also useful for diarrhoea (roast millet before cooking), vomiting (millet soup or congee), indigestion, and diabetes. Sooths morning sickness – eat millet soup or congee regularly. Millet is known as ” the queen of the grains.”

Due to its alkali forming nature, millet is often cooked with little or no salt.

Sprouted millet can be used for digestive stagnation caused by undigested starch, for checking lactation and other applications similar to sprouted rice.

Caution: Millet is not recommended for those with signs of very weak digestive functions such as consistently watery stools.


Walnuts – very rich in zinc; the bark of the tree is used to treat paradontosis and other gum problems.
Because walnuts contain large amounts of protein, they are a valuable supplement for brain workers.

Walnut kernels

Natural therapeutic effect

Beneficial in the treatment of

Walnuts like other nuts are protein-rich, containing as much protein weight for weight as eggs. They are also high in potassium, friend of the heart, and in other minerals such as zinc and iron. Eat them in salads, where other vitamin C rich foods will help your body absorb these minerals.

Walnut oil

Natural therapeutic effects
mild laxative, cholagogic, antithelmintic

Especially beneficial in the treatment of


Healing properties: Warming thermal nature; sweet and slightly bitter flavor; soothing; restores nervous and reproductive systems; strengthens cardiac muscles. Can be used in cases of dysentry, diabetes, hepatitis, nervous and sexual debility, indigestion and swelling including abdominal bloating. One of the richest silicon foods, oats oats help renew the bones and all connective tissue. Oats also contain phosphorus, required for brain and nerve formation during youth. Useful as a poultice to relieve itching, they also heal and beautify the skin when used as a pack.

If drunk regularly, oat water acts as an internal antiseptic to strengthen immunity and ward off contagions. It and oat porridge are excellent for people who are weak and deficient. To prepare oat water, simmer 2 tablespoons of oat groats or flakes in one quart of water for 30 minutes to two hours (longer cooking increases thickness and nourishing qualities). Strain it or drink it as it is, either warm or at room temperature, according to thirst. Oats in any of its more common forms – oatmeal or steel cut oats or whole oat groats are ideal for preventing infections and contagious diseases, especially in children.

Oat flakes are nearly as nutritious as whole oat groats, as they have only been lightly pressed by rolling and steaming; they are the only whole-grain cereal that many people eat. Oats can be used in soups, puddings, breads, crusts, toppings and desserts.


Cucumber – removes acid from blood; diuretic; cooling in summer

Nutritional value
high in potassium, phosphorus, iron, silicon and calcium

Combined with carrots beets and celery, cucumber juice is especially beneficial for rheumatic conditions. It dissolves acidic accumulations which form kidney stones and gall bladder stones. Cucumbers give immediate relief if there is a burning sensation in the stomach.

If you suffer from hyperacidity, a gastric ulcer or duodenal ulcer, cucumber juice works wonders. Drink 100 – 150 ml every 2 hours.

Natural therapeutic effects
diuretic, laxative, aperient

Useful as a digestive aid bowel cleanser


Yams (sweet potatoes) – high in beta carotene, that support eye and lung functions

Nutritional value
rich in beta carotene (the more yellow they are, the higher are their beta carotene content

Yams also strengthen the spleen, lungs and kidneys and heat up the body

Beneficial in the treatment of
pre-menstrual syndrome
chronic kidney disease
seminal emission
vaginal discharge


Pomegranates – good for kidney troubles and fevers; astringent

Taste sweet/sour

Element water

Nutritional value
high tannin content (rind)

Did you know?
Pomegranates are best eaten in winter, when even more effective watermelons are not available. The seeds are a second-class diuretic – the sour, red pomegranate seeds are more helpful for healing, while those of the yellow/white pomegranates are too sweet and do not have much of an effect on the kidneys.

use the rind to make tea to help with skin problems and mouth irritations, and as a gargle for the throat.


Parsley – good diuretic; stimulates the blood flow through the capilliaries; blood purifier; should be taken moderately.
Parsley assists oxygen metabolism and helps to maintain the normal action of the adrenal and thyroid glands.
It is also good for the eyes and the optic nerves. Mix raw parsley and carrot juice to treat weak eyes, lazy pupils, ulceration of the cornea, cataracts, conjunctivitis or opthalmia.
Parsley effectively helps keep the capilliaries and arterioles in good condition.

Natural therapeutic effects
antispasmodic, carminative, diuretic, emmenagogic, expectorant

Beneficial in the treatment of
problems of genito-urinary tract
nephritis and kidney troubles

It can also be used to counteract the smell of garlic in the mouth.


Apricots – prevent constipation; improve memory

Nutritional value
rich in potassium, sodium, magnesium, iron

Apricots are loaded with beta-carotene, as their wonderful yellow-orange colour informs us – the brighter the fruit, the more beta-carotene. Hence the ripe fresh fruit should be eaten whenever possible by those suffering from any infection – especially of the respiritory system – or at risk from cancer.

Dried apricots are a rich healing source, especially Hunza apricots from India which contains a high concentration of beta-carotene. The cleansing effect on the colon will help to imrove breathing, which will in turn strengthen strengthen the lungs. More oxygen means more brain activity and improved memory. This is of particular importance tfor older people.

Natural therapeutic effects
cathartic, tonic

Beneficial in the treatment of
constipation – dried apricots are a most effective laxative

Recommended for


A member of the Chenopodium family and a cousin of amaranth, quinola (pronounced keen wa) has some of the same outstanding characteristics. One of the ancient staple foods of the Incas, it is called “the mother grain.” (Botanically, quinoa is not a true grain, but can be used as one.) It has grown in the South American Andes for thousands of years, and thrives in high, cold altitudes.
Since 1982 quinoa has been cultivated in the United States with various degrees of success, and it is now generally available wherenunrefined foods are sold.

Healing properties
Warming thermal nature, sweet and sour flavor, generally strengthening for the whole body; specifically tonifies the kidney yang (warming and energising function of the body) and the pericardium functions.

Compared with all grains, it has the highest protein content (since it has a protein profile similar to amaranth (refer to information given earlier)

Quinoa has more calcium than milk and is higher in fat content than any grain. A very good source of iron, phosphorus, B vitamins and vitamin E. An appropriate grain for recent vegetarians who crave nutrient-concentrated foods.

Prepare as a cereal like rice, or in combination with other grains because of its strength. Grind into flour and use in baking breads and cakes.


Cabbage – miracle cure for stomach ulcers (in conjunction with potatoes)

Nutritional value
rich in sulphur (produces lots of wind!)
Vitamins U, C

It is very important to cook cabbage in its own juice and to chop it fine to make it more digestible. Raw cabbage juice contains vitamin U which is destroyed in cooking. Cabbage juice from the stem is an excellent remedy for ulcers. The Romans and the Egyptians knew the value of cabbage in preventing intoxication. They would drink the juice before a big dinner and chew cabbage seeds to avoid hangovers and sickness from over consumption of alcohol.

Raw cabbage juice is beneficial in the treatment of
infected ulcers
boils and carbuncles
spots and blisters
headaches and migraine
cerebral inflammation

The juice drained from sauerkraut is very effective for generating bowel movements and stimulating the body. It contains lactic acid which acts as a disinfectant in the colon.


Strawberries - useful for gout and rheumatic problems

Nutritional value
contain mainly citric acid and malic acid
have large amounts of kalium (5 times more than bananas – only figs, dates and other dried fruits are richer in kalium)
very rich in vitamins A and C (to combat the formation of uric acid)
rich in iron (richer than most vegetables such as onions, beets, carots,radishes and potatoes)

Natural therapeutic effects
fruit – antiviral, anticancerous
leaf tea – alkalising, blood-cleansing

beneficial in the treatment of

Strawberries also have a confirmed reputation for combating high blood pressure, and they are recommended in European traditional medicine for the elimination of kidney stones.

Their high iron content makes them therapeutic for anemia and fatigue. People with skin problems should enjoy plenty of this wonderful fruit, which cleanses and regenerates the intestinal flora. For full therapeutic effect, strawberries should be eaten on their own, or at least at the start of a meal.


Olives – richer in vitamin C than lemons.

Taste sweet

Element earth

Did you know?
Olives counteract poisoning from fish and mushrooms, relieve hangovers and help to dissolve bones after eating fish.
Olive oil only works as a remedy when cold-pressed. The best type is extra virgin olive oil. It is useful for lowering blood cholesterol.

Natural therapeutic values of olive oil
cholagogic, demulcent, emollient, laxative, anticancerous, antioxidant, cathartic


Very cooling thermal nature; sweet flavor; cools heat, especially lung heat; builds body fluids, moistens the lungs and resolves phlegm; tonifies the spleen-pancreas; sooths the mucous membranes in the digestive tract to relieve gastrointestinal inflammations; treats common hot and/or dry conditions such as often occur in thirst, canker sores, and chronic bronchitis.

The unripe persimmon has an “astringent” taste that makes the lips pucker from its tannic acid content; as persimmon ripens, the tannic acid is converted until none is left in the fully ripe state. The astringent property of partially ripe persimmon is desirable in treating these conditions: diaarrhea, dysentry, hypertension, and spitting up, coughing up or vomiting blood.


Kiwi fruit – beneficial in early stages of diabetes, when eaten with the skin
KIWIFRUIT isn’t just a pretty face in a nouvelle cuisine dish. This little fruit with the shabby fur coat is a treasury of nutritional riches. It contains twice as much vitamin C as oranges, more fibre than apples, and asmuch vitamin E as an avacado – about 3.5 mg per 100 g  /  3�oz.
It’s particularly rich in potassium – of which western diets, high in sodium from processed foods – can be dangerously short. Potassium is vital to every single cell in our body and deficiency can lead to high blood pressure, depression, fatigue and poor digestion. The average kiwifruit will supply 250 mg potassium – but only 4 mg sodium.
Kiwis are the only anti-diabetic fruit. When on a kiwi fast, eat at least 3 Kg a day. A 14-day fast will bring the sugar content of the blood and urine back to normal. To ensure that kiwi fruit do not produce blisters, they need to be ripe. Organic kiwis are best because it is important to eat the skin, which is rich in minerals. To get rid of the not so tasty hairs, scrub the kiwis with a vegetable brush.

Beneficial in the treatment of
weight problems

Recommended for


Apples - blood purifier; cooked apples are good for diarrhoea

Nutritional value
rich in potassium, sodium, vitamin A, vitamin G
abundant source of vitamins A, C, B1, Niacin and panthothenic acid
1 litre of apple juice contains 3-4 grams of minerals

The large amount of phosphorus contained in apples makes them valuable as brain and nerve food, especially in cases of nervous exhaustion. They help ‘brain’ workers to stay clear and relaxed. Vitamin C is found in the skin of the apple.

Natural therapeutic effect

Beneficial in the treatment of
sluggish bowels – cooking apples contain pectin, which absorbs excess water in the intestines and forms a solution that stimulates the bowels.
Diarrhoea after eating apples is a sign that the cleansing process has started. Caution: a raw apple diet will usually produce intestinal catarrh and dysentery
arthritic complaints and gout – apples are rich in citric and malic acid, which have the ability to neutralise excessive acidity in the blood. Apple skins are useful to minimise an excessive level of uric acid in the blood.
kidney disorders and skin afflictions – the large amounts of potassium salts in apples have a  diuretic effect.
kidney stones – cider is recommended as a preventative.
hypertension – apples reduce the sodium content in the tissues, thereby reducing hypertension and blood pressure.
high blood cholesterol – apples minimize the appetite and thereby lower blood cholesterol.
inebriation, dyspepsia, weak digestion, headaches, biliousness, autointoxication and constipation



Healing properties: Cooling thermal nature; sweet and salty flavor; tonifies the kidneys; builds the yin; one of the few foods which Chinese medicine attributes with directly nourishing the heart – mind: calms and focuses the mind and can be used for palpitations and insomnia, irritability, menopausal difficulty, and emotional instability. Encourages growth, weight gain and fat formation – it is especially children and the frail person. On the other hand it should be eaten in small amounts if at all by the obese, as well as those with growths and tumors. Mildly astringent, wheat is used for juvenile bed wetting, spontaneous sweating, night sweats, and diarrhea; quenches thirst, moistens dry mouth and throat. Charred wheat, ground to a flour and mixed with sesame oil, can be applied to burns.

Wheat sometimes provokes allergic reactions. This is particularly the case with flour that is rancid from oxidation. Wheat flour should ideally be used right after grinding. otherwise it needs to be kept in an air tight container, refrigerated, and used within two weeks. Some people are allergic only to processed-flour products   and can eat pre-soaked whole berries (cooked), sprouted wheat, or wheat germ. If eating wheat causes bloating and gas, stomach pain, indigestion, excessive mucus or increased pulse rate, it is best avoided, especially during pregnancy.
Wheat absorbs a wider range of minerals from rich soil than other grains. In addition its nutrient profile – the comparison of its nutrients with one another – is similar to the human body. For that reason and because it nurtures the heart – mind, wheat is sometimes considered an ideal food for human growth and development. The fact that people have greatly overeaten  refined and rancid wheat products that have been genetically altered for smut resistance continuously since 1926, partly explains the many common alergies to this vital food.


Warming thermal nature; sweet flavor; increases qi energy, tonifies the spleen – pancreas, and prevents involuntary seminal emission. Cherries are a well known remedy for gout, arthritis, and rheumatism. They also help overcome numbness in the limbs and paralysis as a result of rheumatism. Part of their action in rheumatic disorders occurs from their ability to eliminate excess body acids. Cherries are most beneficial for treating disorders accompanied by coldness, such as when the person feels permanently cold. Richly supplied in iron, cherries are often used to improve the blood and treat anemia..


Onions – combat colds and coughs; red onions contain large amounts of vitamin A and E
Nutritional values
rich in vitamins A and E, which are antioxidants, Oxidants are substances like free radicals, that destroy the tissue.
rich in vitamin C, calcium, iron (especially red onions) and sulphur.
Onions constitute one of the most powerful remedies that can be commonly found in the average household. The healing effect of red onion is greater than that of white onions. While the white onion is rich in vitamin E, the red onion contains both vitamin A and E. The onion is a powerful healer not only when eaten raw, but also fried, dried or boiled.
The fresh juice of an onion can be rubbed on burns, bites and stings.
Natural therapeutic effects
Antioxidant, antidiabetic, antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial, anticancerous, antithelmintic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, diuretic, expectorant, stomachic, tonic
Beneficial in the treatment of
coughs and colds
liver cirrhosis
kidney diseases
nervous debility
brain fatigue
Onions also strengthen the lungs and cleanse the colon.
Onions can help to prevent severe diseases of the respiratory system.

Cooling thermal nature; sweet flavor; reduces swelling; clears stagnant blood by dissolving congealed blood and accumulations such as tumors resulting from stagnant blood; specifically treats congealed blood affecting the uterus; also has haemostatic action (reduces bleeding). Used for bleeding hemorrhoids, blood in the urine, and bleeding in general; a rich source of bioflavinoids which renew arteries and prevent strokes and other hemorrhages. Treats dysentery, diarrhea accompanied by heat signs such as yellow tongue coating, canker sores (apply charred eggplant powder), snake and scorpion bites (apply a pack of raw eggplant); and frostbite (use a compress of room temperature eggplant tea). Influences the liver and uterus and is particularly helpful for resolving repressed emotions and their harmful effects on these organs.
Caution: Eggplant should be eaten sparingly by pregnant women. In Japan, women are advised not to eat eggplant during pregnancy because it can cause miscarriage.
Actually a fruit, eggplant combines with other foods like a non-starchy vegetable.


Potatoes – highly alkaline; work against arthritis and rheumatism; the raw juice is effective for stomach ulcers.
Nutritional values
rich in alkaline salts such as sodium and potassium, but lacking in calcium (therefore needs to be balanced with green vegetables)
rich in vitamins A and B
the skin is rich in chlorogenic acid which prevents cell mutation leading to cancer.
The water in which potatoes are boiled contains about 60 percent of the minerals and should not be thrown away. There is also much goodness in their skins. So see to it that you buy organically grown potatoes, cook them in a way that will retain most of their vitamins, and eat the skins.
They are best oven-baked in their jackets.
Raw potato is digestible only when the starch is removed. Grate the potato and squeeze out the starch by hand. Mixed with onions, tomatoes, lettuce and other raw vegetables it makes a most delicious salad.


Peas – blood-builder; have contraceptive powers
rich in chlorophyll
Garlic, ginger, cummin, oregano, asafoetida and lemon peel added to pea soup will assist digestion and help to prevent wind.
An Indian scientist, Dr Sanyal, observed that the population of Tibet had remained stable for 200 years. He suspected that the reason for this was something in their diet, which consisted mainly of barley and peas. He eventually succeeded in identifying an antifertilizing chemical, m-xylohydroquinone, in the pea. It appears to reduce fertility in women and the sperm count in men by half.
Nutritional and medicinal properties
Young peas are high in protein, carbohydrates and vitamins B and E, whereas dried peas are also rich in phosphorus, calcium, sodium and vitamin A and are a particularly valuable source of the B-complex vitamins. Weight for weight, peas contain as much protein as meat. Fresh peas are extremely nourishing and body-building. They help in anemia, low blood pressure,and emaciation. They contain nicotinic acid, which is believed to reduce cholesterol in the blood.  


Grapes – their highly nutritious value makes them an excellent fruit for monofasts to purify the entire body system
Nutritional value
large amounts of potassium, low amount of sodium
contain vitamins A, B1, B2, C and a large amount of glycids
rich in pure glucose
Grapes are immensely valuable as a healing fruit.
They are rich in glucose, which is pure energy to the body. The glucose also supplies the heart with energy and strengthens the heart and its muscles. Grapes contain tartaric acid and malic acid. Tartaric acid stimulates the intestines.

As with many fruits, most of the benefits – minerals and vitamin B – are just under the skin. Grapes should be eaten, not just consumed as juice. The white grapes are richer in vitamins and are a better food in the morning. Red and black grapes are ideal as an evening meal. The high content of iron, copper and manganese makes the grape a great producer of haemoglobin. 250 ml of grape juice once a day wil help prevent secondary anaemia.
  Because of the high content of potassium and water, the grape is a diuretic and thus good for kidney disorders. Grapes also stimulate hepatic and glycogenic functions and bile secretion. They also contain an element, similar to insulin, which is helpful in some kinds of diabetes.
  Grapes have a decalcifying effect.
Natural therapeutic effects
Beneficial in the treatment of
kidney troubles
gout, rheumatism and arthritis – dissolve uric acid
chronic and acute nephritis

Warming thermal nature; sweet flavor (which increases if parsnips are picked after a few weeks of frosty weather); benefits the spleen-pancreas and stomach; helps clear liver and gall bladder obstructions; promotes perspiration; mildly diuretic; lubricates the intestines; reduces wind and damp conditions; analgesic (allays pain); concentrated in silicon.
Used in soups or teas for coughs, colds, and shortness of breath; also treats headaches, dizzieness, rheumatism, and arthritis.
Caution: Parsnip leaves are poisonous  


Mushroom : Common Button Variety
Cooling thermal nature; sweet flavor; decreases fat level in the blood; helps to rid the respiratory system of excess mucus; has antibiotic properties and can be used to treat contagious hepatitis; increases white blood cell count and thereby bolsters immunity against disease-producing microorganisms; has anti-tumor activity and can help stop post-surgery cancer metastasis; promotes appetite; improves recovery time from measles by causing them to ripen. Most mushrooms including the button variety have the ability to reduce “heat toxins” from meat-eating (toxic reactions with heat signs).

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