Clues From Nature That Look A Lot Like Body Parts

I’ve always been amazed by the intricacies of the human body and its ability to heal itself when provided with adequate nutrients.  Many foods seem to look like the body parts that they may in fact be good for.  Whether you believe this is by design or just coincidence, it’s certainly interesting to think about.

Carrot: Eye

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Slice a carrot and it’s easy to see that it resembles an eye.  There’s even a pattern of radiating lines that resemble the pupil and iris.  Remember when you were a child and your mom told you to eat your carrots so you’d have better eyesight?  Even if she was just trying to get you to eat your veggies, it turns out that she was right.

According to Duke ophthalmologist Jill Koury, MD, there is a connection between eating carrots and maintaining good eyesight– it’s the vitamin A. “Vitamin A in normal, recommended quantities is essential for the maintenance of good vision,” explains Koury.

Carrots contain vitamins and antioxidants, like beta-carotene, that have been shown to decrease the chance of developing macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in older people.

Walnut: Brain

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The shape of the walnut with all of it’s crevices and folds brings to mind another human organ: the brain.  A walnut even looks like it has left and right hemispheres. Walnuts contain a high level of omega-3 fatty acids, which help support brain function, so it’s no wonder they are called “brain food”.

Tomato: Heart

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Slice a tomato and you’ll see that it resembles the structure of the heart which contains multiple chambers.  Recent studies show that a diet rich in lycopene can reduce the risk of heart disease, and tomatoes are a rich source of lycopene. You can even boost your lycopene absorption by adding a little olive oil or avocado, which along with tomatoes are all part of a healthy “Mediterranean Diet” which is highly recommended today.

Celery: Bones

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Celery actually looks like bones.  According to Dr. Moulavi, MD, “Celery is a great source of silicon, which is part of the molecular structure that gives bones their strength.”  It’s also interesting that both bones and celery are 23% sodium.

Red Wine: Blood

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Red wine is rich in antioxidants, polyphenols and resveratrol and it certainly looks like blood. Red wine has been shown to have protective benefits against destructive things in the blood, like LDL cholesterol which can cause heart disease.  Because there’s also a blood-thinning component to red wine, it can reduce blood clots, which are associated with heart disease and stroke.

Sweet Potato: Pancreas

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The sweet potato strongly resembles the pancreas and it actually helps the organ function more effectively.  Sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that protects the pancreas as well as all of the tissues of the body. Sweet potatoes are low-glycemic so they help to balance blood sugar.

Avocado: Uterus

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The lightbulb shape of an avocado looks like a uterus and it actually supports reproductive health.  Avocados are a good source of folic acid.  Folate has been found to reduce the risk for cervical dysplasia, a precancerous condition. Folic acid is also very important for women prior to and during pregnancy since it can prevent major birth defects.

Stomach: Ginger

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Remember when you were young and your mom gave you ginger ale for a stomach ache?  Most people know that ginger can help with nausea, including many pregnant women looking for a natural solution.  So it’s interesting that the herb resembles the digestive organ. According to Web MD, ginger contains chemicals that may reduce nausea and inflammation. Researchers believe the chemicals work primarily in the stomach and intestines, but they may also work in the brain and nervous system to control nausea.

Kidneys: Kidney Beans

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Kidney beans got their name for more than their shape.  Some experts believe that they are an effective home remedy for kidney stones and they can help to maintain good kidney function.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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