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Part VI. Additional material

Read the texts about fruit and vegetables and their benefits to our health. Make commentaries to the texts you like most.

White cabbage.

The cabbage is a rich source of valuable chemical compounds and has been grown and eaten for centuries. It was used in medical practice in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome as a medicine against insomnia, headaches as well as diseases of the liver and the joints. Sauerkraut and juice from it are used in the treatment of scurvy. It is a valuable medicine giving relief in heart and coronary diseases as well as disorders of the alimentary tract. Cabbage is rich in vitamins and other valuable compounds and should be eaten both fresh and as sauerkraut especially during winter, which the supply of fresh fruit and vegetables is limited. It can easily satisfy the daily requirement for vitamin C. It stimulates the secretion of the alimentary glands and regulates the performance of the intenstines. Patients should drink up to two cups of warm cabbage juice at a time. Cabbage is also used externally to treat badly healing wounds and skin burns.



The carrot originated in the Mediterranean. Man appreciated its values over two thousand years before Christ. It was regarded as a delicacy in ancient Rome even though it tasted quite differently than currently known carrot varieties. Carrot roots are rich in carotene, vitamins B1, B2, B5, C and K, carbohydrates such as glucose, sucrose and fructose as well as mineral salt. Liver enzymes change carotenes into vitamin A which is necessary for normal metabolism and good eye sight as well as increasing body’s power to resist infections. Drinking carrot juice is recommended to patients who suffered a heart attack. People who tend to catch a common cold easily should drink carrot juice sweetened with honey.


An ABC of milk.

Milk and dairy products are vitally important foodstuffs in the diet of all people, both young and old. All the nutrients it contains are easily digested and absorbed by your body. Protein is the chief nutrient to be found in milk. Compared with proteins contained in other foods, with the exception of eggs, protein in milk has the highest nutritional value, is the easiest to digest and absorb. All living beings need protein for their bodies to grow new cells and rebuild issues, to have the power to resist infections, build red blood cells, enzymes and hormones. A crucial mineral to be found in milk is calcium. The body can absorb up 80% of calcium from milk, compared with only 13% it can get from vegetables and fruit.



South Asia is believed to be the homeland of garlic. It was part of the diet of ancient Greeks, who besides believed it had magical properties. Ancient Romans believed its consumption increased valour and courage. Garlic has antibiotic qualities. It contains vitamins C and B, volatile oil, carbohydrates, mineral salts and organic acids. Garlic destroys cholera and other bacteria and halts the growth of flu viruses. In addition to its germicidal properties, garlic is also known to stimulate heart action and tissue regeneration.


Red beets.

The red beet is a very popular plant, grown for centuries in various parts of the world. The Slavs started to grow the red beet probably in the Middle Ages. Beet root contains a large number of nutrias vital for the human body to slay healthy, vitamins B1, B2 and B5 and also substantial amounts of iron salts, manganese, potassium, calcium and cobalt which give it its invaluable curative properties. Cobalt is used by the microflora in the intestines to synthesise vitamin B12, which is essential, along with folic acid, for the normal maturation of erythrocytes. The vitamin B complex plays a major role in the blood cells production and the regulation of the metabolism. Beets are an excellent diet food for the sick and recuperating patients.

They are particularly recommended-in the form of salads and soups-in combating obesity, hypertension, constipation, liver and kidney diseases. Red beet juice has been used for ages in folk medicine to treat hypertension. Beet broth gives relief in gastrointestinal disorders involving constipation, and-in stomach and liver diseases. Beet decoction may be used as enema in the treatment of chronic constipation.


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