Compounds within cherries known as anthrocyanins have been shown to
be as effective as NSAID drugs in reducing pain and inflammation.
Lemon – Kidney Stones
Lemonade therapy has been shown to be a reasonable alternative for patients with kidney stones.
Papaya – Skin Ulcers
Used in Jamaica as a traditional medicine, new research indicates
that topical application of unripe papaya fruit on chronic skin ulcers
generates a positive response rate 72% of the time.
Pomegranate – Hormones
Pomegranate is the fruiting ovary of the pomegranate plant, contains
potent plant estrogens which do not stimulate unregulated cell
proliferation, and may function as an ideal “back up” ovary for women’s
Kiwifruit – Cholesterol
When used with hawthorn, kiwifruit extract was found to be superior
to simvastatin (trade name Zocor) in lowering cholesterol in mice fed a
high cholesterol diet.[x]
Cranberries – UTIs
The extract of this berry has been shown as effective as the drug
trimethoprim in the prevention of recurrent urinary tract infections in
older women, without increasing the risk of antibiotic
resistance/super-infection and/or fungal infection.
Elderberry – Flu
If you are lucky enough to find elderberry on your produce stand, you
will find that it has been used as a natural anti-respiratory infection
remedy since ancient times. New research confirms that it contains
flavonoids which compare favorably with the antiviral drug Tamiflu at
binding to and preventing H1N1 infection.
Coconut – Gastric Ulcers
Both the milk and the water of the coconut have been shown to have
anti-ulcerogenic properties against NSAID drug-induced mucosal erosion.
Plantain – Diarrhea
Plantain has been used to treat diarrhea by traditional cultures as a
folk medicine, but clinical research now confirms its value in the
dietary management of persistent diarrhea in hospitalized children, in
relation to diarrheal duration, weight gain and costs.
Strawberries – Heart Disease
Many red fruits and berries have now been shown to be valuable for
heart health, but strawberry is beginning to emerge as uniquely
beneficial to cardiovascular health. Strawberry powder has been shown to
improve the lipid profile and oxidative stress markers, and markers of
atherosclerosis, in women with metabolic syndrome. Strawberry extract has also been shown to relax the lining of the blood
vessels, which may reduce high blood pressure and disburden the heart
muscle from over-exertion Even the strawberry leaf extract has been shown to increase coronary artery blood flow in a manner similar to hawthorn extract