Top 10 Biblical Foods for Healing
All throughout the Bible, references are made to the medicinal properties of foods and herbs.
Representing health and longevity from Almighty God, the importance of diet and of preparing and eating food was oftentimes seen as a spiritual act.
If you want to consume some of the most common foods mentioned for their health properties in the Bible, then try these top 10 healing foods.
Now you shall eat it (the unblemished lamb) in this manner: with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste—it is the Lord’s Passover.
Lambs are held to a high status due to its constant comparison to Christ within the Bible as well as its significance during Passover. (2) Rich in protein, vitamin B12, and minerals it could be considered the healthiest red meat on the planet. Lamb is considered a high-quality protein source that contains essential amino acids needed for the body’s growth and development. It can also aid in the repair of damaged muscle tissue. Lamb has been proven to help maintain muscle mass, improve physical performance, and even aid in the prevention of developing anemia. (1) As we all know, it’s absolutely delicious as well!
Make sure to buy organic, grass-fed lamb from your local fresh markets to avoid all the toxins that are typically found within factory-farmed animals.
An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels … She looks for wool and flax and works with her hands in delight.
Not only can it be used in linen, but flax is an excellent source of fiber and has been used in medicine for centuries. Flax comes in two different types: brown and golden, and both are equally nutritious. One tablespoon is enough to provide enough protein, fiber, and Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Flax also contains a plant compound called lignans, which contains antioxidants and estrogen and is connected to the prevention of cancer. In fact, flaxseeds contain up to 800 times more lignans than any other plant food. (3) Flax also has the potential to lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol, maintain blood sugar, and even combat against heart and lung disease. Don’t be afraid to sprinkle some flaxseeds in your favorite yogurt or oatmeal!
3. Raw Honey
Have you found honey? Eat only what you need that you not have it in excess and vomit it.
Raw honey keeps the nickname, “Liquid Gold,” as it can benefit your body both inside and out. Raw honey itself contains tons of key nutrients and a few antioxidants that help fight against disease. Not only that, but raw honey can combat against fungus and bacteria as it naturally contains hydrogen peroxide. Growing up, you might even recall a few times where your parents have let you have a spoonful of honey to soothe a sore throat, which was arguably the best part of being sick. Don’t let that habit go because raw honey has been shown to be just as effective as any common over-the-counter cough medicine! (4)
4. Olives and Olive Oil
Then it shall come about when the Lord your God brings you into the land which He swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you, great and splendid cities which you did not build, and houses full of all good things which you did not fill, and hewn cisterns which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant, and you eat and are satisfied.
Way back when, olives were used for a plethora of reasons: cooking, soaps, lighting lamps, healing, cosmetics, currency, and even the anointment of kings and priests. Olives contain two powerful phenolic antioxidants called squalene and terpenoid which have been shown to have anti-cancer properties. Specifically, olives can combat against breast, colon, skin, and ovarian cancers. One study conducted in Milan, Italy in 2002 even showed that women who used olives and/or olive oil daily reduced their risk of ovarian cancer by up to 30%. Regular consumption of olives can also aid joints, skin, and the brain. If that isn’t enough reason why you should start incorporating olives or olive oil into your daily diet, olives also contain an anti-inflammatory compound called oleocanthal which has been used for centuries to treat chronic pain.
5. Raw Milk
The lambs will be for your clothing and the goats will bring the price of a field. There will be goats’ milk enough for your food, for the food of your household, and sustenance for your maidens.
Drinking milk is integral to keeping your bones and teeth strong thanks to its rich abundance of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and vitamin K2. However, cow milk might not be the best route to go anymore as goat’s milk has been shown to have even more benefits to it. Goat milk has the potential to prevent diseases such as anemia and bone demineralization and is overall easier to digest than cow’s milk. An added bonus to drinking goat’s milk is that it can even keep your skin healthy thanks to its high levels of vitamin A.
For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey. (Deuteronomy 8:7-8)
Pomegranates have become exponentially more popular today than ever as scientists have started focusing on all the health benefits these unique fruits have to offer. Pomegranate seeds contain polyphenols which not only give them their vibrant, red color but also function as potent antioxidants. As a whole, pomegranate juice contains a lot more antioxidants than other fruit juices and even has 3 times more antioxidants than red wine and green tea. Pomegranates can help with conditions such as arthritis and other chronic pain because it also acts as a natural anti-inflammatory. And to top it all off, pomegranates have the potential to help diseases such as cancer, diabetes, intestinal inflammation, and also support the Immune System. (5)
Please test your servants for ten days, and let us be given some vegetables to eat and water to drink. (Daniel 1:12)
It’s no secret that vegetables are a vital part of your diet and this is knowledge that you probably learned as a child! However, we often discount the importance and the power that vegetables provide to our health and wellness but if Daniel and his group lived on a vegetarian diet for their entire lives that must mean that vegetables really are important! This diet was considered the “Daniel fast” and the proof of the benefits of living on a vegetarian diet even shocked King Nebuchadnezzar. Vegetables are a food group that you can eat all day, everyday without a risk unlike how if you were to do the same thing with fruits, your sugars would be in danger. Vegetables such as broccoli, celery, kale, and many more have even shown that they help in the prevention of cancer due to them being rich in glucosinolates. When you eat a balanced diet of vegetables of all colors, you can ensure that your body will naturally heal and repair itself!
8. Fermented Grapes
May he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine. (Song of Solomon 1:2)
Grapes have always been an integral part in the Bible from the fruit itself to red wine. Particularly when grape juice is fermented, the process naturally creates resveratrol which is considered one of the strongest antioxidants in the world. Resveratrol helps regulate blood circulation, boosts the Immune System, fight against cancer, and clean out the lungs. Red wine itself has been proven to increase bone density thanks to its high levels of silicon and acts as a blood thinner which helps prevent heart attacks and strokes. Having one glass of red wine per night is both a great way to wrap up a stressful day and to make sure you’re taking care of your body’s health!
9. Sprouted Grain Bread
Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them in a storage jar and use them to make bread for yourself. (Ezekiel 4:9)
If you haven’t heard of or tried Ezekiel bread, it’s definitely something you’ll want to try making. God gave this recipe for the “perfect bread” to Ezekiel which has been scientifically proven that it can function as a “complete protein” as it provides all of the necessary amino acids. What makes Ezekiel bread different than other breads is the fact that the grains and legumes within it are soaked and sprouted which aids in digestion and also contains much less carbs than any other bread. Therefore, choosing this bread over other breads like whole grain can help in weight loss and can maintain blood sugar. Sprouting grains also increase antioxidants like Vitamin C, E, and beta-carotene which protects your cells from damage due to oxidative stress. Oxidative stress can lead to chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer.
10. Bitter Herbs (Coriander & Parsley)
They shall eat the flesh that same night, roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. (Exodus 12:8)
Coriander and parsley are both herbs that have been used for centuries because of their healing properties and the fact that they provide tons of nutrients for the body. Coriander is the seed of cilantro, which is a powerful antioxidant, and has been shown to help fight against diabetes thanks to its effect on blood sugar. Coriander is rich in fiber, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Parsley provides plenty of vitamins such as vitamins A, C, and potassium. Parsley also contains high levels of the flavonoid, apigenin, which is an anti-cancer agent and can also act as an anti-inflammatory. Specifically, parsley can help reduce the risk of breast, digestive tract, skin, and prostate cancers. (6)
Who would have thought that you could get nutritional advice in the Bible, huh? At the end of the day, if it were good enough for people back then to eat, it’s probably good for us today.