Why Some Vegetables & Herbs Act Like Medicine

June 8, 2015

Being raised in a western medical family, I thought the only medicine was the one prescribed by a doctor. Lately, I’ve gotten into natural plant cures. Like turmeric for inflammation. Coconut oil as an antiviral & mouthwash. Chamomile for relaxation. And a bunch of other stuff.

I’ve always wondered why plants & herbs can be medicinal.
Found a proper answer in the best-selling book by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, Anticancer:

Foods That Act Like Medications

If certain foods in our diet can act as fertilizers for tumors, others, to the contrary, harbor precious anticancer molecules. As recent discoveries show, these go far beyond the usual vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

In nature, when confronted with aggression, vegetables can neither fight nor flee. To survive, they must be armed with powerful molecules capable of defending them against bacteria, insects, and bad weather. These molecules are phytochemical compounds with antimicrobial, antifungal, and insecticide properties that act on the biological mechanisms of potential aggressors. They also have antioxidant properties that protect the plant’s cells from dampness and the sun’s rays (by preventing cellular “rust” from forming when the cell’s fragile mechanisms are exposed to the corrosive effects of oxygen).

Plants developed systems to protect themselves against problems. Some of those plants are compatible with our bodies and help our cells heal.

Other Resources:
The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine
Herbal Antibiotics
Wellness Mama Blog