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Sometimes our daily newspaper can be useful for information regarding health and a couple of weeks ago they printed an article about the health benefits of certain spices being as it was very informative I decided to write it up into a post, mainly because a lot of people may not know the health benefits of some herbs.
1. Allspice, this herb has a pungent sweet taste about it with a bit of a peppery kick. Apparently, in Japan, researchers found that these berries contain something like 25 active components called phenols all of these help in the prevention of cancer, heart disease, and other chronic health problem.
In some recent studies, which were conducted in Costa Rica. They found that this particular spice helps to lower blood pressure. The reason behind the thinking is it helps to relax your central nervous system, which helps blood flow in your arteries.
2. Thyme, they are a 100 varieties of thyme and they share all one thing in common. They contain an oil called thymol. This is one of nature’s own antiseptics and helps to kill germs when you apply it in or around your mouth. It is the main ingredient within the branded mouthwash Listerine
3. Some researchers in Switzerland tested thyme on people with people who had coughs as well as bronchitis and other colds and found that this particular herb was good at clearing up costs, except in 90% of cases
4. Sage, this herb packs one hell of a punch and should be included in your spice rack. It can help to enhance your mood, concentration and memory. Some British psychologists did experiments with 24 people, which revolved around some memory tests. These were repeated several times a day on three separate days.
When the participants had a sage supplement, they could recall more information better than if they had taken not taken it. They also said to be feeling calmer, and content six hours after taking it.
5. Aniseed, this is used by Mediterranean people quite frequently in after dinner digestifs it is supposed to be very good for helping with digestion studies have found it contains certain compounds that have a calming effect on your digestive system. It works on the muscles of your digestive tract.
A study, done in Saudi Arabia found, aniseed stopped ulcers by preventing the acid that can irritate your stomach lining.
6. Cinnamon, if you are diabetic. Cinnamon is great news for you, but that doesn’t mean to say that you shouldn’t take it. If you aren’t diabetic in an American study, 109 people who had type II diabetes were split into two consecutive groups.
One of them had cinnamon once-a-day and other group just had a placebo. After three months, the researchers checked their data. The participants in the cinnamon group had lower blood sugar. Swedish researchers found that if you sprinkle cinnamon on your food. This will reduce your blood sugar levels after eating and reduce sugar spikes.
If you want a bit of a brain boost, then chew some cinnamon gum, a professor at Ohio university found that when students either smelled or tasted it, they got higher marks on mental agility tests.
7. Horseradish, broccoli is well-known for its cancer fighting properties. However, if you overcook it. The benefits can be lost If you, then add some horseradish. The benefits come back. Some scientists in Illinois University found by spicing up some broccoli, it increased absorption in the upper part of your digestive system, which gives it a boost.
Horseradish has certain compounds in which produce cancer protecting substances, so there are benefits to be had when you add some to a meal.
Ginger, a medical journal in the US, called headache found that, during a study, which involved 60 people whom were migraine sufferers which were treated with ginger, and something called feverfew it was found after taking it two hours later a third of the participants said they were pain-free. It’s been found that Ginger is good for preventing nausea in instances of travel sickness and morning sickness.
8. Juniper Berry, if you’re ever wondering where gin gets its taste from look no further, because it’s from this particular spice, its compounds are good for helping your kidneys to produce fluid that help to kill bacteria, which makes it ideal for preventing bladder and urinary tract infections.
Juniper Berry is good for your kidneys. Researchers at the University in California found that it helps kidney transplant patients with kidney rejection problems.
9. Cumin, if you’re one of those people who enjoys eating curry like me, then if you’re eating the right type of curry, this should be one of the ingredients in it. Researchers in India took some animals, which had type II diabetes, either cumin or an anti-diabetes drug worked more or less the same when it came to reducing levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, which are heart damaging blood fats.
The animals were also found to have a high level of reduction in blood sugar. Another study in India involving cumin found when diabetic rats were given it. It delayed them getting cataracts, which can be down to high blood sugar levels. Another health benefit of cumin is it has high levels of vitamins C and A which makes it a very powerful antioxidant spice.
10. Coriander, this is another spice that can be found in curries, depending on how they are made. Researchers in Portugal at the University found certain substances within coriander, have bacteria killing properties. G to patients in small amounts, it could help to treat E. coli and MRSA.
11. Basil, are you one of those people whom get stressed out regularly? Then why not try some basil. Some researchers in India found that this particular herb helps to normalise the amount of cortisol you have in your body and lowered blood sugar, which tends to be higher when you are under stress. Basil can help with protecting your heart and helps to lower cholesterol.
12. Clove, if you bite some clove. This will give you a slight numbing in your mouth very similar to an anaesthetic in the Journal of dentistry. They say that it has a similar effect as the drug, called benzocaine when numbing your mouth if you put some near a problem tooth.
It will dilate blood vessels, which will bring the blood to the surface and help soothe the pain. This particular herb has anti-inflammatory properties, as well as antibacterial ones, which can help prevent gum disease, as well as cold sores.
13. Chilli, when you eat chillies, a compound is released called capsaicin, which will numb aches and pains that you may have it also releases a hormone that soothes inflammation
14. Fennel seed fennel is a vegetable, herb and spice, which tastes like liquorice. This herb is particularly useful for women who may have menstrual cramps. It is also beneficial to young children who may have colic.
This is extracted from a book called healing spices by Bharat, B Aggarwal.
Sources and references: www.dailyexpress.co.uk