Natural Super Foods & The Doctrine Of Signatures
The Doctrine Of Signatures is an ancient belief that natural foods and plants tell us what the beneficial uses of that plant are, based on its structure or “signature.” For example, a plant bearing parts that resembled a human body part would have benefits keeping that part of the body healthy. Not much has been written or studied about this philosophy in modern times, but it is interesting to note certain things. The two examples that I find fascinating are the super foods, tomatoes and walnuts.
Tomatoes are red and have four chambers, just like the human heart. Scientists are now saying that tomato-lovers may be more likely to reduce the risk of serious heart disease. Lycopene, the antioxidant which gives tomatoes their dark red color, also helps remove free radicals from the body. In its natural form, lycopene is an excellent antioxidant that helps to prevent formation of the ‘bad’ cholesterol in blood. The ‘bad’ cholesterol contributes to the buildup of plaque that narrows and constricts arteries and can lead to heart attacks.
If you crack a walnut and look at the shape in the nutshell it looks like a miniature brain. They have a “signature” of a brain. In the past, walnuts have been considered good for curing headaches. Today walnuts are put on the list of one of the top twelve healthy super foods and frequently considered to be “brain food.”
This delicious nut is an excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, a special type of protective fat the body cannot manufacture. Walnuts’ concentration of omega-3s (a quarter-cup provides 90.8% of the daily value for these essential fats) has many potential health benefits. These good fats found in walnuts promote better cognitive function which is only one of the many benefits of omega-3 fats. The brain is basically structural fat and it needs the omega-3 fats found in walnuts, flaxseed and cold-water fish. Proper amounts of omega-3 fats allow our brains to be fluid and flexible. This allows it to use nutrients while eliminating wastes. A healthy brain means a healthier body.
Isn’t this interesting??!! It is obvious that nature intended us to eat natural food diets!