Since ancient times, people have turned to food as a form of medicine for treating all kinds of ailments. While scientists today are still investigating what exactly makes certain foods so successful in the world of medicine, several studies have already proven their effectiveness. So the next time you’re feeling a bit under the weather or suffering from a minor injury, pain or skin condition, consider skipping the medicine cabinet and heading to the pantry instead. Scroll through the slideshow to learn more about five common foods with medicinal properties that you can probably find right in your own kitchen.
In addition to providing healthy fats, vitamins and antioxidants for our bodies, avocados contain nutrients that promote healthy skin and hair when applied topically. Many cosmetics contain avocado oil for the nourishing vitamins it contains. Using avocado on the skin can also relieve psoriasis symptoms and reduce signs of premature aging.
Avocados in the Kitchen: Try our Avocado Lemon Ice Cream.