You are what you eat – and these plant-based foods look just like the body parts they’re good for! It seems nature got it right, and science is now proving that these foods even help the organs they look like.
For example, we all know that carrots are great for our eyes because of their vitamin A content – but have you ever really looked at a carrot before? The next time you cut a carrot horizontally, you will notice the beautiful radiating rings that resemble the stunning array of musculature that makes up the iris of our eye. And it doesn’t stop there…
Here are 10 plant-based foods that mirror the body parts they heal!
Carrots and The Eyes
Sliced carrots resemble our iris. Carrots are known for their high beta-carotene content, which gets converted to vitamin A in the body. This vitamin is essential for helping prevent night blindness, protecting the surface of the eye (cornea) and for producing pigments in the retina of the eye.
Tomatoes and The Heart
Tomatoes have four chambers, and is red, just like the heart! Research has confirmed that tomatoes are great for helping prevent coronary heart disease, thanks to their rich lycopene content that helps relax blood vessels and inhibit the activity of the main enzyme involved in cholesterol synthesis, thus lowering LDL cholesterol levels.
Avocadoes and The Uterus
Also known as “the fruit of the womb,” the avocado is great for improving the health of the womb and cervix of the female (and also look just like these organs too!). Eating just one avocado a week can help women balance their birth hormones and shed unwanted birth weight by helping satisfy hunger. Avocados are also good for helping prevent cervical cancer.
Interestingly enough, it takes 9 months to grow an avocado from blossom to a fully ripened fruit, the same time frame it takes from the day of conception to the day of birth in humans!
Grapes and The Lungs
Grapes resemble the alveoli of our lungs (the place where gas exchange takes place). Grapes contain a special compound called resveratrol that helps reduce your risk of lung cancer and emphysema. One study found resveratrol to inhibit cancer cell growth (apoptosis) in 3 lung cancer cell lines by up to 50%! Be sure to consume organic grapes, though, because conventional grapes contain a high pesticide residue content.
Walnuts and The Brain
Walnuts don’t just look like the brain – they’re good for it too! Research has shown that walnut consumption improves the health of our brain, containing a variety of brain-protective compounds like vitamin E, folate, melatonin, polyphenols and omega-3 fatty acids. They have been shown to help increase inferential reasoning and improve cognitive and motor function as we age.
Kidney Beans and The Kidneys
Kidney beans are named after the organ itself, mainly because they look just like the bean (or is this the other way around? Which was named first? Haha..). Kidney beans are packed with potassium and magnesium, which when we become deficient, can increase our risk of developing kidney stones.
Figs and The Testes
Figs are an excellent source of magnesium, calcium and amino acids, all of which help to increase sperm motility and count and therefore improve reproductive health of males. The many tiny seeds and tendrils inside the fig represent the same arrangement of collecting tubules inside the testes.
Ginger and The Stomach
Some pieces of ginger look just like the stomach – it just depends on the formation that it grows! Ginger is one of the best remedies for an upset stomach, indigestion and bloating. Ginger also works as an anti-inflammatory for the stomach, forming a protective barrier against stomach acid or abdominal irritants.
The spiciness of ginger also helps rev your metabolism and stoke your internal fire. I love juicing ginger or blending it in smoothies!
Sweet Potatoes and The Pancreas
The shape of the pancreas and sweet potatoes are very similar – take a look and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Sweet potatoes help balance the glycemic index of diabetics and are good for those suffering from pancreatitis. They provide protection from developing pancreatic cancer later in life, a hidden health concern for some men.
If you want to include sweet potato in your diet, you can juice them, or you can bake them in the oven with a little bit of coconut oil for added benefits!
Citrus Fruits and The Breasts
Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands in the breasts of females. Citrus fruits are known cleansers of the lymphatic system, helping to assist in the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts. In particular, grapefruits contain a substance called limonoid, which have been shown to inhibit cancer development in human breast cells.