Posted by: godshealingplants | August 20, 2022

GOD’S HEALING PLANTS FOUND IN THE BIBLE

1 God's healing plants in the Bible

The Bible says that the Christian’s body is the temple of the Holy Spirit; and one of the best ways to honor and take care of God’s temple is to consume healthy foods.

Including Bible foods into your diet is an incredible way to grow spiritually while improving your physical health. By removing toxic, disease causing foods from your diet and eating Biblical foods, you may experience a significant health boost.

The Bible identifies many foods that are beneficial to good health and longevity. This is important because your diet can have a profound impact on the maintenance of your health and the appearance and management of disease (1).

Let’s take a look at some of them:

Olives and Olive Oil

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Olives and olive oil contain many nutrients which make them a top health food. They contain antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, macronutrients, and monounsaturated fatty acids.

Olives contain fiber, vitamin E, vitamin, copper and calcium.

Extra virgin olive oil is the healthiest form of olive oil and has the richest flavor. Olive oil contains biologically active phenolic compounds (polyphenols) that have been shown to have numerous health benefits (2). Phenolic compounds have positive effects on plasma lipoproteins, oxidative damage, inflammatory markers, platelet and cellular function, and antimicrobial activity.

Studies also show that olive oil can increase adiponectin levels (3). Adiponectin is a protein hormone which is involved in regulating glucose levels as well as fatty acid breakdown. Low levels of adiponectin are associated with numerous health conditions, including inflammation, lipid abnormalities.

There are around 150 references to olives and olive oil in the Bible. It was plentiful in Biblical times due to the abundant crop of olive trees. Olive oil was used for many purposes including as a food, salve for wounds, skin conditioner, oil for lamps, and as a sacred anointing oil for kings.

Here are a few of the Biblical passages on Olive Oil – Exodus 29:2; Deuteronomy 8:8; 2 Chronicles 11:11; Proverbs 21:20; Luke 10:34.

Vegetables

2 Vegetables

A diet of mostly vegetables may promote health and help fight disease. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and kale contain the powerful isothiocyanate sulforaphane which reduces cancer cell replication and boosts the immune system. They help neutralize toxins in the body with their abundant amounts of phytonutrients, carotenoids, and flavonoids.

Leafy green vegetables are some of the most nutrient-dense foods available. Kale, arugula, collard greens, mustard greens, spinach, and Swiss chard are all leafy greens and loaded with vitamins, minerals, and chlorophyll. The chlorophyll in green vegetables allows blood to transport oxygen to cells. Chlorophyll protects against free radicals, and helps with intestinal regularity, detoxification, wound healing, and deodorization of the body (5).

Vegetables are loaded with antioxidants including polyphenols. Antioxidants help control oxidative stress in the body and prevent or delay cellular damage. They protect our bodies from chronic disease by neutralizing and removing damaging free radicals from the body, modulating inflammatory processes, and boosting your immune system (6).

Daniel 1:12“Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.

In the Old Testament, the prophet Daniel asked Nebuchadnezzar’s guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariahzar’s to test him for 10 days by allowing him and his friends to eat only vegetables and water and then compare them with the young men eating the royal food. The royal foods included meat and other rich foods. The king wanted Daniel and his friends to eat the royal food and wine so that they would be “strong and healthy”.

After 10 days of only vegetables and water, Daniel and his friends looked healthier and stronger. The King allowed them to continue eating vegetables instead of the meat and delicacies. The Daniel Fast is a partial fast that includes vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds, whole grains, healthy fats, and water.

The fast avoids meat, dairy, sugar and other processed foods cleansing their body of unhealthy foods and consuming a nutrient-dense, plant-based diet.

Cinnamon

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Cinnamon has an aromatic fragrance, sweet taste, and many medicinal qualities. It is rich in antioxidants and has a very high ORAC score which is its oxygen radical absorbency capacity. This means that cinnamon helps protect neurons from free radical stress. Cinnamon also stimulates insulin receptors in the body and plays a powerful role in stabilizing blood sugar levels (8).

Exodus 30:23: In the Old and New Testament, large amounts of spices were used as both food and medicines. They were also used in making perfumes or incense and were given as expensive, royal gifts.

Pomegranates

4 Pomegranate fruit

Pomegranates are superfoods with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-tumor properties. They are loaded with vitamin C, potassium, and pantothenic acid (vitamin B5).

Pomegranates contain antioxidant phytonutrient polyphenols, including ellagitannins, punicalagins, catechins, gallocatechins, and anthocyanins. The anthocyanins in pomegranates protect cells from oxidative and environmental stress and damage. Pomegranates have been shown to protect against heart disease, boost immunity, lower cholesterol, and lower blood pressure (9).

It is best to consume pomegranates in their fresh, whole form due to the high sugar content in pomegranate fruit juices. If you do consume the juice, limit it to a 2-ounce shot. Even a small amount is beneficial because of the potent antioxidants in pomegranates.

Pomegranates are mentioned throughout the Old Testament as unique and special fruits. Numbers 13:23, Song of Songs 4:13

Bitter Herbs

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Bitter herbs are plants with a bitter taste, ranging from mild to very strong. These herbs were consumed during Biblical times and are still used today due to their health benefits.

Examples of bitter herbs are parsley, coriander, cilantro, dandelion, bayberry, and neem. Bitter herbs help produce digestive enzymes and improve liver and gallbladder function. It is often said that “bitter is good for the liver”. Bitter herbs also help cleanse the blood, digestive system, kidneys and urinary tract.

Milk thistle is a bitter herb that contains a flavonoid complex called Silymarin. Silymarin is important for protecting cells against free radical damage and inflammation. It may repair cells within the liver and promote regeneration of injured tissue (10). Milk thistle can also boost glutathione and superoxide dismutase levels, antioxidants which protect the body from toxicity.

Exodus 12:8: That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast.

Numbers 9:11: but they are to do it on the fourteenth day of the second month at twilight. They are to eat the lamb, together with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.

Nuts

6 Nuts

Nuts are nutrient dense with a unique blend of fatty acids, bioactive compounds, and essential nutrients. They are concentrated with powerful plant compounds that fight inflammation in the body.

The bioactive compounds in nuts include vitamins, minerals, phytosterols, and phenolic compounds. Folate, niacin and tocopherols are in nuts, along with calcium, selenium, potassium and magnesium which help protect bone density, heart health and assist blood sugar regulation.

Nuts also contain phytosterols and polyphenols. Phytosterols are a cholesterol-like molecule which interferes with the human body’s ability to absorb cholesterol and helps lower low density lipoprotein cholesterol or the “bad” LDL cholesterol. Zeaxanthin and beta-carotene are phenolic compounds. Polyphenols are protective compounds with numerous health benefits that help the body fight disease processes.

Genesis 43:11: Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be so, then do this: take some of the best products of the land in your bags, and carry down to the man as a present, a little balm and a little honey, aromatic gum and myrrh, pistachio nuts and almonds.”

Raw Honey

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Honey is referred to over 60 times in the Bible. It was used as a metaphor expressing abundance in biblical literature. It is also referred to as a healthy sustaining food.

Raw, organic honey is a superfood with antioxidant, antifungal, and anti-bacterial properties. It contains a wide array of trace minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, chromium, manganese, and selenium. These nutrients are critical for healthy cellular insulin sensitivity and blood sugar balance.

There are many health benefits of honey including boosting immunity, soothing minor burns, suppressing coughs, soothing a sore throat, and boosting energy. Local raw honey is the best option as it contains small amounts of local flower pectin to improve the body’s ability to adapt to this potential allergen.

Mark 1:6: John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.

Sprouted Grain Bread

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The Bible refers to bread as the substance of life. Jesus refers to Himself as the “Bread of Life.”

Bread from sprouted natural grains was a dietary staple in Biblical times. Whole grain sourdough and sprouted-grain breads involve the soaking or fermentation of grains overnight until the seeds are partially sprouted. Sprouted grains contain all of the original bran, germ, and endosperm of grains (11). Ezekiel bread is one kind of sprouted bread.

Sprouted whole grains have increased amino acid content, including higher quantities of essential amino acids. In sprouted grains, almost all nutrients are fully available and various antioxidants occur at higher concentrations. In fact, one study found that brown rice that is sprouted (or germinated) for 48 hours is nutritionally superior (12). It has more protein, lipids, bioactive compounds (GABA and polyphenols), increased antioxidant activity, a lower glycemic index, and reduced phytic acid content.

Ezekiel 4:9 NIV: “Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them in a storage jar and use them to make bread for yourself. You are to eat it during the 390 days you lie on your side.”

The Bible gives us guidance as to which foods to consume for our health. There are many references to foods with healing properties, including foods that are considered clean (healthy) and unclean (unhealthy).

Here are some additional biblical foods that you might research for yourself:

Herbs and Spices

  • Anise (Matthew 23:23 KJV)
  • Coriander (Exodus 16:31; Numbers 11:7)
  • Cinnamon (Exodus 30:23; Revelation 18:13)
  • Cumin (Isaiah 28:25; Matthew 23:23)
  • Dill (Matthew 23:23)
  • Garlic (Numbers 11:5)
  • Mint (Matthew 23:23; Luke 11:42)
  • Mustard (Matthew 13:31)
  • Rue (Luke 11:42)
  • Salt (Ezra 6:9; Job 6:6)

Fruits and Nuts

People of the Bible ate many of today’s most nutritious “superfoods” in this grouping of fruits and nuts.

  • Apples (Song of Solomon 2:5)
  • Almonds (Genesis 43:11; Numbers 17:8)
  • Dates (2 Samuel 6:19; 1 Chronicles 16:3)
  • Figs (Nehemiah 13:15; Jeremiah 24:1-3)
  • Grapes (Leviticus 19:10; Deuteronomy 23:24)
  • Melons (Numbers 11:5; Isaiah 1:8)
  • Olives (Isaiah 17:6; Micah 6:15)
  • Pistachio Nuts (Genesis 43:11)
  • Pomegranates (Numbers 20:5; Deuteronomy 8:8)
  • Raisins (Numbers 6:3; 2 Samuel 6:19)
  • Sycamore Fruit (Psalm 78:47; Amos 7:14)

Vegetables and Legumes (Daniel 1:12)

  • Beans (2 Samuel 17:28; Ezekiel 4:9)
  • Cucumbers (Numbers 11:5)
  • Gourds (2 Kings 4:39)
  • Leeks (Numbers 11:5)
  • Lentils (Genesis 25:34; 2 Samuel 17:28; Ezekiel 4:9)
  • Onions (Numbers 11:5)

Grains

Healthy grains were a primary staple in Bible times. Grains are some of the easiest natural foods to keep preserved for years. Throughout the Bible, bread is a symbol of God’s life-sustaining provision. Jesus Himself is the “Bread of Life”—our true source of spiritual life. The bread that Jesus represents never perishes or spoils.

  • Barley (Deuteronomy 8:8; Ezekiel 4:9)
  • Bread (Genesis 25:34; 2 Samuel 6:19; 16:1; Mark 8:14)
  • Corn (Matthew 12:1; KJV – refers to “grain” such as wheat or barley)
  • Flour (2 Samuel 17:28; 1 Kings 17:12)
  • Millet (Ezekiel 4:9)
  • Spelt (Ezekiel 4:9)
  • Unleavened Bread (Genesis 19:3; Exodus 12:20)
  • Wheat (Ezra 6:9; Deuteronomy 8:8)

10 Biblical Foods

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ACKNOLEDGMENT:

Thank you Dr. Jockers for this fabulous information – God bless you in your continuous endeavors.

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