Maybe it’s a guy thing, but most men largely believe that if it’s not cooked it’s somehow less of a meal. But you would be amazed at the benefits one can get from eating raw foods! Some of these foods you may use daily, never before knowing their tremendous raw power.
Apples are sweet, sour, and alkaline, and have a cool energy. They are rich in flavonoids, beta carotene, vitamin B & C, boron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and silicon. The more tart apples have higher vitamin C content. Apples help in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels. They have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral activity. Apples stabilize blood sugar levels. They promote good digestion, prevent intestinal fermentation, and reduce colon inflammation. Apples can help with arthritis pain, edema, gout, morning sickness, asthma, hardening of the arteries, skin disease, liver and gallbladder sluggishness, and rheumatism. Eating apples stimulates saliva flow, cleans the teeth, and stimulates gum tissue. They can aid in weight loss, neutralize the effects of smoking, curb cravings for alcohol, and remove radiation from the body.
Avocado is sweet and is considered to have cooling energy. Avocados are rich in vitamin E, B complex, vitamins, beta-carotene, potassium (2 to 3 times that of bananas), fluorine, copper and lecithin. A single avocado has about 300 calories, in part because it is about 20% monounsaturated fat. This type of fat helps maintain levels of good cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein) in the body. Avocados nourish the blood, lubricate the lungs and large intestines, balance liver function and soothe the bladder. It can help cure erectile dysfunction, constipation, nervousness, and insomnia. Mashing is and using it as a face mask or hair mask can be beneficial for dryness.
Bananas are considered cold and have a tendency to move energy inward toward the body. They are sweet and rich in carbohydrates (glucose and fructose), folic acid, vitamins B6 and C, potassium and pectin. They have enzymes that aid in the production of sex hormones. They are high in calories but low in fat. Bananas provide long-term energy and improve stamina. They moisten the lings and large intestines, and have some antiseptic activity. Bananas stimulate the production of serotonin which can improve sleep and elevate moods. Bananas have been used to treat alcoholism, arteriosclerosis, celiac disease, colitis, constipation, depression, diarrhea, dyspepsia, exhaustion, hemorrhoids, hypertension, weak muscles and ulcers.
Bell peppers are sweet, pungent, alkaline and warm. They are rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C, silicon and bioflavanoids. They contain some vitamin B6, E, and folic acid as well. Peppers contain lycopene, believed to help reduce the risk of prostate, cervical, bladder and pancreatic cancers. They have antioxidant and circulatory-stimulant properties, making them an excellent food for good skin, hair and nails. Peppers are considered useful in warding off atherosclerosis, cataracts, constipation, colds, high blood pressure, obesity, and respiratory ailments (asthma, bronchitis, sinus congestion).
Blueberries are sour, astringent and moist with a cold energy. They contain beta-carotene, vitamin C, iron and potassium. They contain pectin which binds with cholesterol, lowering its levels and helping prevent the buildup of blood. Blueberries can lower blood sugar levels, making this fruit beneficial in treating and preventing diabetes. They are considered alterative, anti-emetic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, antiviral, astringent and diuretic. They can help treat urinary tract infections, anemia, arthritis, dry skin, E. coli infection, hemorrhoids, menstrual cramps, fevers, gout, intestinal flu, joint inflammation, mouth sores, obesity, ulcers, and worms.