Monday, May 18, 2015

3.            POMEGRANATE.


The pomegranate, ar-Rumman in Arabic, is mentioned thrice in the Qur'an and as one of the fruits that will be found in paradise. Pomegranate with date-palms are mentioned in Surahs, Al-An’âm : 6 verse 99 and 141 and Ar Rahmân: 55 verse 68.

The pomegranate is native origin from Iran to the Himalayas in northern India and was cultivated and naturalized over the whole Mediterranean region since ancient times. It is widely cultivated throughout India and the drier parts of south-east Asia, Malaysia, the East Indies and tropical Africa. Ancient Egyptians were buried with pomegranates, and were reportedly grown in the famous Hanging Gardens of Babylon and in Ancient Egypt. During the time of the Prophet Musa (peace be upon him), they were in cultivation throughout Palestine, Syria and Lebanon. The city of Rimmon , an ancient city believed to have been located close to present-day Hebron, was in fact known for the quality of its pomegranates.

Pomegranate juice is a powerful anti-oxidant that guards the body against free radicals, harmful molecules that are believed to contribute to heart disease, premature ageing and cancer.

Health benefits of pomegranate.

- Prevents heart disease and also prevent oxidation of cholesterol, which causes plaque formation and development of coronary artery disease.

-  Lowers blood pressure.

- May help prevent prostate cancer to breast cancer, lung cancer and skin cancer, and treat several forms of cancer.

- Helps your digestive system healthy.

- Rich in vitamin C, which boosts antibody production and development of immunity.

- Keeps you looking younger and keeps your skin glowing and radiant for a long time.

- Help lower psychological stress.

-  Researchers suggest that pomegranates play in important role prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

- Prevents plaque formation.

4.            BANANA.


In the Gardens of Delight (Paradise)
(Al-Wâqi’ah : 56 verse 12)


 
 And among Talh (banana trees) with fruits piled one above another,
 (Al-Wâqi’ah : 56 verse 29)

Consuming Bananas and other fruits mentioned in the Godly foods category will surely aid in preventing disease and increasing your overall well being. There are various varieties and shapes and sizes of bananas. It has been found that bananas have curative properties both scientifically and traditionally.

There are many healing and medicinal properties of bananas:

 - The high content of iron in bananas increases the production of hemoglobin in the blood -which are very good for anemia.

-  They regulate bowel movement - whether it is constipation or diarrhea.

-  Bananas are exceedingly good for students as the rich source of potassium can make a person very alert; the fruit is often called a brain tonic.

-  Bananas work well as a snack for people who have high blood pressure as they are wholesome with low salt levels.

-  For those suffering from depression, bananas are good as they contain a protein called serotonin – which is also called the ‘happy hormone’ as it makes one feel happy and relaxed.

-  Bananas can be eaten frequently to treat ulcers as they neutralize acidity in the stomach. This soft and smooth fruit cannot irritate the stomach walls.

-  For pregnant women suffering from morning sickness, eating bananas in between meals helps immensely in settling the queasiness in the stomach.

-  Eating bananas helps people give up smoking as this fruit is rich in vitamin C, A, B 6 and B 12. Bananas contain potassium and magnesium as well, which help the body recover from nicotine withdrawal.

-  For weight watchers, banana is an excellent snack in place of crisps and chocolates.

Banana Flower: The banana flower grows at the end of a bunch of bananas. It is a leafy maroon colored cone with cream colored florets layered inside. These florets need to be cleaned well before they are cooked as a vegetable. The banana flower is rich in vitamins and proteins. The flower has been used in traditional medicine to treat bronchitis, constipation and ulcer problems. It eases menstrual cramps.

Banana Plant Leaves: In India and Asia, banana leaves are used like aluminum foil. They are used to wrap food prior to steaming and grilling. The leaf makes an excellent platter and food served on these leaves tastes delicious. The leaves are not eaten but while steaming food some of the polyphenols are imparted to the food.

5.            OLIVES.          




One of the foods to which attention is drawn in the Qur'an is the olive. Research in recent years has revealed that the olive is not just a delicious food but also represents an important source of good health and also an important source of nutrition. Olive  is mentioned in the Holy Qur’an  and been cited 7 times in different  Surahs’ and Verses-: Al-An’âm : 6 verse 99 & 141, An-Nahl : 16 verse 11, Al-Mu’minûn : 23 verse 20, An-Nûr: 24 verse 35, Abasa: 80 verse29 and At-Tin: 95 verse 1.


Allâh is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The parable of His Light is as (if there were) a niche within it a lamp: the brilliant star, lit from a blessed tree, an olive, neither of the east (i.e. neither it gets sun-rays only in the morning) nor of the west (i.e. nor it gets sun-rays only in the afternoon, but it is exposed to the sun all day long), whose oil would almost forth (of itself), though no fire touched it. Light upon Light. Allâh guides to His Light whom He wills. And Allâh sets forth parables for mankind, and Allâh is All-Knower of everything.(An-Nûr :24 verse 35)


With it He causes to grow for you the crops, the olives, and dates-palms, the grapes and every kind of fruit. Verily, in this is indeed an evident proof and a manifest sign for a people who give thought.
(An-Nahl : 16 verse 11)

"Olive oil, referred to in the term "zaytuha," is known as one of the most highly recommended types of oil by all experts, especially for coronary and arterial health. Its health benefits may be summarized as follows:

- Olive oil does not raise cholesterol levels but instead keeps them under control.

- Recommended for patients with heart and artery disease since it reduces the level of harmful cholesterol (LDL) in the bloodstream.

- Lower risk of developing breast cancer. 

- Helps prevent the formation of prostate cancer cells. A recent study by doctors at the University of Oxford has shown that olive oil has a protective effect against intestinal cancer.

- Reduced risk of rheumatic arthritis, a chronic inflammatory disease of the joints.

- The vitamins E, A, D and K contained in olive oil are particularly important from the point of view of assisting bone development in adults and children, and in strengthening the bones by fixing calcium.

- Employed in the treatment of the elderly, as well as nourishing and protecting the skin. With the high levels of anti-oxidants it contains, olive oil prevents damage by harmful substances, renews our cells and delays aging in the tissues and organs.

- Healthy food for newborn babies and growing children. A deficiency in linoleic acid leads to the emergence of a retardation of development in babyhood and various skin disorders. Olive oil possesses a balanced polyunsaturated compound at a similar level to that in human milk. Olive oil is a sufficient source of these fatty acids, which cannot be obtained from the human body but which are of the most essential importance to it. These factors make olive oil very important for new-born babies.

- Reduce high blood pressure.

- Protects the stomach against diseases such as gastritis and ulcers by reducing gastric acid levels. In addition to this, by activating the bile, it makes it perfect. It regulates the discharge of the gall bladder and reduces the risk of bile stone formation.

Refs:

1.             1. Translation of the meanings of The Noble Qurân in the English Language by Dr Muhammad Taqî-ud-Dîn al-Hilali and Dr Muhammad Muhsin Khân
2.             http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/health-benefits-of-pomegranates-sa214/
3.             Medicinal Properties of the Banana Plant / Banana Tree http://www.medindia.net/patients/lifestyle andwellness/medicinal-properties-of-the-banana-plant
4.             http://www.onislam.net/english/health-and-science/
5.             Image source: Getty Images & Google
6.             http://navedz.com/2009/06/24/by-the-fig-and-the-olive-japanese-research-team-president-embrace-islam/
7.             http://www.4islam.com/olives.shtml

8.             http://www.islamicbulletin.org/newsletters/issue_25/oliveoil.aspx




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