7040409867_0cdd4b26b2_oSometimes, momma knows best.

Many of us had moments growing up when Mom prescribed a home remedy to better our health. Most remedies in the Valentine Household came from food. I can only assume this is because we were a big Italian family that loved to eat. Any excuse to enjoy ourselves a little more was always welcome.

Mom, it’s time for me to return the favor, as I found a few studies that highlight food with medicinal purposes.

Pickled Foods: Probiotic foods such as yogurts, sour pickles, Kiefer, soft cheeses, and miso soup help treat antibiotic-associated diarrhea.

Ginger: 750-2000 mg ginger powder during the first 3-4 days of menstrual cycle is an effective treatment for camps.

Peppermint: Effective treatment for abdominal cramping and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Hibiscus: According to the Nigerian Journal of Physiological Sciences, Hibiscus is an effective remedy to lower blood pressure and heart rate.

Steel-Cut Oatmeal: Lower LDL cholesterol levels are associated with daily ingesting of at least 3 grams of oats.

Now, if only I can find some peer reviewed studies that highlight the health benefits of cookies, cupcakes, and donuts…