Jerusalem Artichoke: Medicinal Properties

The miracle of healing with food

Jerusalem Artichoke BasketI would like to take this time to speak to you about the amazing medicinal properties that the Jerusalem artichoke has. I personally believe that this could very well be the answer for people who suffer from diabetes, high cholesterol, and digestive problems.

We all know that only God can heal us, however, we can definitely help ourselves by eating certain natural and very delicious foods.  I spoke briefly about a few of them in a previous article, but here, I would like to go more in depth.

Matthew 4:23 says, "And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people".

I thought that it was relevant to put this verse here because it’s so true, only God can heal. Jesus’s ministry included many miracles of healing. I don’t want to get into the meaning of the word “miracle” right now, however, God does make miracles happen and if we help him out a little bit and take good care of ourselves by putting nutritious foods into our bodies, I am sure that our chances for a miracle to happen in regards to “healing”, will be much greater.

I think that learning about “natural” healing is more important today than it has ever been. My husband Stan, would really be happy that I am doing this. As you already know, he is a “prepper” and takes all of this information to heart.

We never know what can happen in the future and we must be ready for anything. We must be ready to feed ourselves and to heal ourselves in the event that a catastrophe. If that happens, there may not be doctors or hospitals to turn to and because of this, the more information that we have about “natural” healing, the better off we will all be.

Jerusalem artichoke-great for diabetes

Naturopaths say that because the Jerusalem artichoke is so high in inulin that it helps regulate blood sugar levels in diabetes patients. Inulin, if you are not aware, is a soluble fiber that slows the absorption of nutrients by then improving digestion considerably. Actually, they are calling inulin, the new fiber in town but in reality, it’s not new at all. We have been eating it forever in garlic and onions. The truth is, it just may very well be the answer to stabilizing blood sugar in diabetics.

Stop DiabetesI wish that I would’ve know this 15 years ago while my grandmother was alive. She had diabetes and it seemed to me that the only way she had to control her blood sugar was by taking pills. I despise taking pills and I disliked seeing my grandmother taking so many of them. I grew up watching her take pills so back then, I didn’t make anything of it but when she passed away of diabetes, I later understood the gravity of her disease.

After every meal, she needed to take her blood sugar level. Actually, when I got older, I used to take it for her. I remember how important it made me feel to do this. When I really think about those times, it makes me sad. Today, it seems as though people who have diabetes live much better with it. More people have turned to natural medicines and I think that it’s great!

So, back to the subject of inulin, contrary to other types of sugars, inulin doesn’t raise the blood sugar. Apparently, it changes the hunger hormones that the body produces and makes it so we are not hungry all of the time.

Perfect for weight control and maintaining cholesterol levels

If you feel, for one reason or another, that you need to lose weight, well, Jerusalem artichokes are really good for that. Supposedly, it also helps heart health.

As far as I am concerned, I must admit, I have been on a few diets myself. I mean, don’t get me wrong, not because I have much weight to lose but mostly because I wanted to lose my “baby fat” after having my children. I didn’t know that Jerusalem artichokes existed back then but if I did, I would most definitely turn to them for weight loss purposes. It provides very low calories, unlike the potato so that, to me, is a great fact. I never eat potatoes because they are so high in calories. Now, I have a substitute! Actually, see the recipe for my roasted Jerusalem artichokes here: Jerusalem Artichoke: Tops 3 Popular Recipes

Because its fiber is a cleansing one and because it helps lower cholesterol levels, people with cardiovascular problems should really add it to their diets.

As a matter of fact, I think that we should all add this vegetable to our diets. I can’t think of anything bad to say about it. It has a sweet taste, it’s low in calories, it’s high in inulin, it’s good for heart health, it helps stabilize sugar levels in the body and most importantly, it’s in season almost 6 out of the 12 months.

Before I leave you, I would like to emphasize the fact that even though I mentioned dieting, please, be careful if you are dieting. Make sure that you continue to nourish your body with the nutrients that it needs to be strong. Today, we see too many women on diets and really don’t need to be. We hear about too many young women that have complexes about their bodies. I just want to say that you are beautiful no matter what size or shape you are. Please don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Accept yourself the way you are. You are smart, delightful and dazzling and guess what? God loves you!

Feel free to comment below or leave your thoughts regarding anything that I wrote about in this article. I love it when you write to me and I always look forward to reading your interesting and thoughtful comments.

 

Hannah Walker

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Hannah Walker is a Christian, wife, mother, and writer. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina and loves to learn every day about what it truly means to be a divine homemaker. She and her husband are zelous about living a self sustaining life style that is pleasing to God.

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