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‘Spices’

The Health Benefits of Cinnamon.

Cinnamon has long been prized for its ability to enhance foods with its sweet yet piquant flavor. This fragrant spice has also been revered as an herbal medicine for thousands of years, with references to its merits occurring in both the Bible and the ancient texts of Chinese Traditional Medicine. Now, we can add another claim to cinnamon’s likely benefits: a new study has shown that cinnamon can not only perk up our taste buds, but may have the ability to improve memory and other mental capacities. Improve your brain function with the health benefits of cinnamon In a study conducted at Rush University Medical Center last month, researchers found that cinnamon improved learning abilities in mice. After observing the performances of mice navigating a maze over a two-day interval, the scientists… Read More

Liver Health: The Role Of Turmeric In Fatty Liver Disease

Fatty liver is a condition that’s affecting more and more people every day and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is the most widely experienced. Obesity and diabetes, two major health threats, are conditions that drastically increase one’s chances of developing fatty liver. A new study is showing that the polyphenols in turmeric may be helpful for reducing the risk of fatty liver while decreasing stress at the cellular level. This study is just one of the recent examples in the literature showing a strong benefit of turmeric with liver health. Turmeric and Fatty Liver A recent study set to publish in the December 2015 issue of Archives of Animal Nutrition examined the effect of turmeric polyphenols on the livers of cows. [1] Since many conventional feedlots are crowded and dirty, cows are under… Read More

Turmeric’s ‘Smart Kill’ Properties Put Chemo And Radiation To Shame

The ancient Indian spice turmeric strikes again! A new study finds turmeric extract selectively and safely killing cancer stem cells in a way that chemo and radiation can not. A groundbreaking new study published in the journal Anticancer Research reveals that one of the world’s most extensively researched and promising natural compounds for cancer treatment: the primary polyphenol in the ancient spice turmeric known as curcumin, has the ability to selectively target cancer stem cells, which are at the root of cancer malignancy, while having little to no toxicity on normal stem cells, which are essential for tissue regeneration and longevity. Titled, “Curcumin and Cancer Stem Cells: Curcumin Has Asymmetrical Effects on Cancer and Normal Stem Cells,” the study describes the wide range of molecular mechanisms presently identified by which curcumin attacks… Read More

The Top Anti-Inflammatory Foods, Herbs, & Spices That Prevent Chronic Illnesses

Besides the mouth-drooling aroma that your favourite herbs and spices emit, they also pack a powerful antioxidant punch that works effectively to keep your health in check. Antioxidants work by blocking the production of free radicals in the body. Free radicals are by-products of cellular oxidation, which has a damaging effect on our cells. However, our bodies can be efficient at preventing the production of free radicals, so long as we are maintaining the proper intake of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin A, C and E. Herbs and spices are another potent way to get your antioxidants. By flavouring your meals with herbs or spices, you are literally “upgrading” your food without adding extra calories. Surprisingly, herbs and spices contain higher antioxidant levels than are found in fruits and vegetables. The Four Big Ones As Dr. Mercola states in his… Read More

Top Anti-Inflammatory Foods, Herbs, and Spices

Dr. Mercola By Dr. Mercola Herbs and cooking spices contain a wide variety of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, and help maximize the nutrient density of your meals. Every time you flavor your meals with herbs or spices you are literally “upgrading” your food without adding a single calorie. In fact, on a per gram fresh weight basis, herbs rank even higher in antioxidant activity than fruits and vegetables, which are known to be high in antioxidants. Many studies have also shown that most spices tend to have unique medicinal qualities. In the featured study,1 researchers from three Universities devised an experiment to evaluate the “true world” benefits of herbs and spices, by feeding them to people in quantities that are typically consumed simply by spicing up your meals. As noted by Dr.… Read More

Health Benefits and Side Effects of Turmeric vs Curcumin

Deane Alban, Contributor Waking Times Turmeric and curcumin have many health benefits but pay attention to their differences and side effects. Learn if they work better as food or supplements … Historically spices were treasured for the unique flavors they brought to food and for their healing properties. Most spices provide some medicinal benefits. But one spice that stands above the rest is turmeric. The health benefits of turmeric are regularly in the news. It’s been reported as a potential treatment for diseases as diverse as arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, psoriasis, and Alzheimer’s. But does this spice live up to its press? And can you get the benefits you want just from the food you eat? Or do you need to take a turmeric supplement? What are the differences between turmeric and curcumin? Are there any side… Read More