23 December 2010

The FigS and the OliveS

Assalamualaikum wbt,

Now I will further discuss about healthcare in terms of food. There are so many categories of food around the world. It depends on us whether to choose the healthier one or not.  As a moslim, Islam encourage its followers to eat the food that is “halal”(permissible) and “toyyiba”(good). However, I will focus in some foods that have been mentioned in the quran which are figs and olive.

They both mentioned in the quran "By the Fig and the Olive, and the Mount of Sinai..." [surah at-Teen; 95: 1-2]
Fresh figs are seasonal, but dried figs are available throughout the year. You can get the same health benefits from eating dried figs if the fresh ones are out of season.

Health Benefits:
Fresh fig
Lower High Blood Pressure property:
Figs are a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps control blood pressure and reduce hypertension. The National Institute of health promotes the dietary approach towards fighting Hypertension by lowering the sodium intake and encouraging the consumption of nuts, whole grains, fish, poultry, and foods that are rich in potassium such as figs and dates.

Bone health: Figs are rich in Calcium which is essential for bone health and bone growth in children.

Cardiovascular benefits: Dried figs are rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids, which may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

Dried fig

An Insulin-Lowering Leaf in Diabetes: The leaves of the olive tree or the blessed tree, as mentioned in the Quran, are used to lower high blood pressure. The Fig tree leaves are also as beneficial, as they have proven to reduce the amount of insulin needed by persons with diabetes who require insulin injections. Another way to benefit from fig leaves is to make tea out of them.


Black and Green Olives

A Mediterranean evergreen tree, most widely used in the Mediterranean cuisine. Olives are rich in monounsaturated fats, vitamin E, antioxidants, and they prevent heart disease. Vitamin E contained in Olives is the body's primary fat-soluble antioxidant. Anti-oxidants help to strengthen the body's immune system; reducing the severity of asthma, cancer, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis, premature ageing, as well as delaying the effects of ageing. Olives contain compounds called polyphenols that appear to have significant anti-inflammatory properties.
Olive oil

Drinking tea from Olive leaves helps against High blood pressure. Recent scientific researches have proved the health benefits of olive leaves in treating high blood pressure and hypertension.

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