Why Is Food the Best Medicine?

Sweet potatoes contain digestible fiber that can facilitate bowel movement. (Image:  Pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)
Sweet potatoes contain digestible fiber that can facilitate bowel movement. (Image: Pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Many Chinese believe that food is the best medicine, and that basic foods, such as potatoes and nuts, are what we need most to maintain good health. A Tokyo University study examined the relationship between food and cholesterol, and determined that sweet potatoes work 10 times better than 130 other foods at reducing cholesterol levels.

Two pieces of sweet potatoe every day reportedly can help lower cholesterol levels. They must be baked or stir-fried so that the nutritious elements are maintained; however, they should not be over consumed because they may cause abdominal distention.

Potatoes are one of the few vegetables that are rich in potassium with an average of 502 milligrams per 100 gram serving.(Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Potatoes are one of the few vegetables that are rich in potassium, with an average of 502 milligrams per 100 gram serving. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Potatoes are one of the few vegetables that are rich in potassium, with an average of 502 milligrams per 100 gram serving. Potassium’s primary functions in the body include regulating fluid balance and controlling the electrical activity of the heart and other muscles.

Low levels of potassium are often associated with heart disease and high blood pressure. Along with potassium, potatoes are packed vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin B6, which are also beneficial for people with heart disease and high blood pressure.

Many older people suffer from pain in their legs and other symptoms of venous insufficiency. Wearing compression socks or stockings, one of the more traditional solutions, can be helpful, but they are also uncomfortable for some people, causing them not to use them.

But one simple and effective way to help treat these symptoms is to chew two fresh chestnuts every morning and evening. Active compounds in horse chestnut seeds appear to inhibit enzymes that can damage capillary walls, and this also helps strengthen veins.

 Active compounds in horse chestnut seeds appear to inhibit enzymes that can damage capillary walls, and this also helps strengthen veins. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Active compounds in horse chestnut seeds appear to inhibit enzymes that can damage capillary walls, and this also helps strengthen veins. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Chinese women count the number of servings in each meal because they represent the number of ways to keep healthy. If you remember to keep the number of servings to no more than five, your meal will be diversified and nutritiously balanced.

The writer of this story is not a medical professional, and the information that is in this story has been collected from reliable sources — and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided is for general information purposes only, and should not be substituted for professional health care.

This article was written by Inner Mongolia House and translated by Audrey Wang.

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